The highly anticipated, hotly promoted
Paramount Pictures' sequel to 2004's comedy cult classic, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which stars
The original had a $28.4-million opening weekend, so this latest tale about a sexist San Diego anchorman from the 1970s, is not tracking as well with audiences, even though the film earned a respectable B rating from CinemaScore, which polls moviegoers on opening night, and a 76% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Thanks to Wednesday-night screenings and a Thursday opening (which the original "Anchorman" did not enjoy) "Anchorman 2" pulled in $40 million total over five days. Its budget was $50 million.
The film, Russell's biggest wide-release ever, enjoyed an opening weekend comparable to that of Ben Affleck's
"It truly is one of those films that not only got a great start but is going to build in the weeks and months to come, all the way up to the awards," said Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution, on Sunday. "It's really just resonating with everyone."