'Watchmen' draws $4.55 mil in debut

Tops midnight numbers for 'Solace,' 'Indiana Jones'

Warner Bros.' "Watchmen" triggered a midnight run on the boxoffice Thursday night, grossing $4.55 million as it debuted in 1,595 locations across the country.

Zack Snyder's adaptation of the cult graphic novel about dystopian superheroes attracted more than double the audience that showed up for midnight showings of his previous film "300," which took in $2.5 million when it bowed at midnight nearly two years ago on March 9, 2007. It also bettered the midnight showings of films like the last James Bond outing "Quantum of Solace," which attracted $2.5 million at its midnight debut last November and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crytal Skull," which pullled in $4 million last May.

"It's a solid jump, the way to go," said Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman of the movie's initial foray.

"Watchmen," co-produced by Warners and Legendary Pictures, is the only wide release launching this weekend and is expected to easily top the frame as it moves into 3,611 locations, the highest theater-count ever for an R-rated film.