300 Makes 27.7 Million Opening Day!

In what could turn out to be one of the most astounding box office stories of the year so far, ShowBIZ Data is reporting that Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s Greek war epic 300 has earned an estimated $27.7 million on its opening Friday, including midnight previews and IMAX receipts.

This could be a watershed opening for Snyder and Warner Bros., who took a big chance on the stylized film based on Miller’s graphic novel after the failure of Oliver Stone’s Alexander at the box office in 2004, but it’s a good sign that Snyder’s next proposed project, an adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen, will be fast-tracked come Monday morning.

Although 300 had a bigger opening day than last year’s Ice Age: The Meltdown, which currently holds the March weekend opening record with $68.03 million, the guy-friendly movie is also likely to be more frontloaded to Friday, which means it might be a close one if it’s going to break that record for the weekend.

Source: ShowBIZ Data