Guardians Takes Perch Below Wall Street

The owls may have soared, but money spoke the loudest this weekend at the box office.

Warner Bros.’ animated stereoscopic 3D feature The Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole opened in second place with a take of $16.3 million. It was the lowest opening to date for a film directed by Zack Snyder, whose previous low was a $26 million opening for his Dawn of the Dead remake in 2004. His comic book adaptations ‘ 300 and Watchmen ‘ opened with $70 million and $55 million weekends respectively.

Still, Legends was not far behind the weekend’s No. 1 film, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which opened with an estimated $19 million in ticket sales.

Meanwhile, the Lionsgate release Alpha & Omega earned an estimated $4.7 million in its second weekend of release. That brings the stereoscopic 3D movie produced by Crest Animation in India to $15.1 million domestic total.

The next major animated feature set to be released in North America is DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, due out Nov. 5.