Remember when we talked about the studios fearing that Tron: Legacy might not pull in significant numbers? Well they can now rest easy. The movie made 3.6 million in their midnight showings and are expected to pull in 40 million by the end of the weekend. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, can we please stop talking about how terrible the movie is?
Disney’s Tron: Legacy grossed roughly $3.6 million in midnight runs, with Imax theaters providing a record percentage of the gross, according to early estimates.
Imax locations grossed roughly $1 million. That number could shift upwards once final figures are tallied.
Tron debuted in 228 Imax theaters across the country. Several theaters in South Atlantic states that had planned to run the fanboy tentpole were shut because of snow.
The movie outpaces Inception, which earned $3 million at late night showings earlier this year, but ties Avatar at $3.5 million. [THR]
If you think about it, it’s really doesn’t give you anything you wouldn’t expect. And if you were expecting a compelling a story, then you were expecting too much. If you’ve watched the original Tron, you would know that its real legacy is amazing visual and a less than stellar plot. If you didn’t watch the original Tron, you might have come into the theatre a little bit unprepared because there are references in Tron: Legacy to the original that awaken the inner fan boy. For example, Tron is only a minor character in this movie, even though his actions affect the film’s ending. If you weren’t familiar with the original Tron, then his poorly constructed character means nothing to you. Another example is the laser that beams you into The Grid. The original Tron went more in-depth about that laser. In this film, it’s just a given that the laser does that.
When you know about all of these circumstances, then the movie is satisfying enough. Logic is more or less thrown out the window and what you’re left with is a slightly-above-mediocre popcorn flick that is still worth your money.