The Disney family film, Race to Witch Mountain, won the weekend box office in fine fashion, grossing $25 million, according to Sunday’s estimates from Media by Numbers. According to ew.com, that is the second-best opening ever for a movie fronted by Dwayne Johnson alone, trailing only the first feature that starred the former “Rock”, The Scorpion King, which banked $26.1 million in its 2002 debut.
Race to Witch Mountain’s profit was in line with expectations and garnered a decent CinemaScore grade of B+ from an audience that was 60 per cent female. It is estimated to stay strong at the box office, at least, until Monsters vs. Aliens opens in two weeks.
The competition, Watchmen, dropped to No. 2, and decreased a substantial 67 per cent from its big opening last week to gross $18.1 million. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s landmark superhero saga is clearly slowing down, although it has grossed $86 million in 10 days.