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Watchmen Writer Begs Fans

The screenwriter of this season's big-budget disappointment, Watchmen, released an open letter begging fans to go see the floundering film. "You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week," screenwriter David Hayter explains to fans. "I had a pretty amazing experience the two times I've seen it." The film grossed $55.5 million in its opening weekend, which topped the box office but disappointed expectations for the much-hyped movie. It's predicted to earn only a little more than half that amount this weekend, falling short of the estimated $120 million the film took to create. Watchmen director Zack Snyder's last graphic novel epic, 300, grossed over $70 million in its first weekend at the box office.