Ouch! PUNISHER: WAR ZONE broke a longish string of comic book movies that did well at the box office with a “dismal” performance this weekend. Even though it was the sole wide opening this weekend, it came in #8 and grossed a mere $4 mil in 2,508 theaters, far less than the $13.8 mil 2004 PUNISHER took in.
Potential lessons to be learned from this:
* After two (Dolph Lundgren and Ray Stevenson) total crap movies and one (Thomas Jane) barely tolerable movie, maybe it is just time to retire the Punisher from the movies.
* With grim news everywhere, audiences prefer lighthearted fare and not kidney-ripping.
* Somewhere, Thomas Jane is smiling.
* A business note: This was a Lionsgate Film and not a Marvel Studios production, so it shouldn’t damage Marvel’s bottom line too much.