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Will Watchmen Flop?

Could Watchmen go the way of Waterworld? The much-hyped fanboy film starring Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode and Patrick Wilson was ripped by the Hollywood Reporter as "nihilistic and campy." Wrote Kirk Honeycutt, "Opening weekends everywhere will reflect the huge anticipation of this much-touted, news-making movie. After that, the box office slide could be drastic... Bottom Line: Ouch." Will the criticism dim its success? The movie hits the big screen next month.