So, the box office results are in and Watchmen plummeted a sharp 67% in only its second week. While Warner Bros is brushing it off and pointing out that Sex and the City suffered a comparable drop, it's a little disheartening. 300 rocked the box office for weeks in March 2006, but Watchmen is limping in comparison. The drop is even more stinging in lieu of David Hayter's open letter to fans begging them to support the film in its second weekend. "You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film's got both, literally), or true adaptations -- And if you're thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night. Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again."

The counterpoint to Hayter is Devin Faraci, who already considers the film a success on an artistic and commercial level. For a property unknown to a lot of people, it had a bigger opening than the surefire characters of Superman Returns or Batman Begins, and the risk Warner Bros took will pay off in its artistic reputation. Kevin Smith admitted to Slashfilm that it had influenced his decision to make A Couple of Dicks with Warner Bros, and other directors are bound to feel the same.