It hasn’t theaters yet, but Watchmen is already breaking records. The Zack Snyder-directed comic book adaptation will play in 3,611 theaters, the most ever for an R-rated film. Before going wide on Friday, the film will play at 1,600 locations on Thursday night. That’s substantially above Snyder’s last film, 300, which played 656 midnight shows, helping pull in $28 million for its first day of its $71 million opening weekend in March 2007.
That first day number for 300 was the second-highest ever for an R-rated film,below the $42.5 million tally that Warners The Matrix Reloaded took in in its first day back in 2003. ‘Reloaded’ is the previous widest release for an R-rated film with 3,603 theaters. It took in $91.8 million for its first weekend.
There’s also a brand new Watchmen uncensored scene and interview that aired on Cinemax HD which you can check out after the jump.
Watchmen hits theaters on March 6, 2009.