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.