Witch races to number one; Watchmen plummets

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Disney's Race to Witch Mountain took the checkered flag as the number-one movie at the March 13 weekend box office, bypassing expectations with an estimated $25 million in ticket sales and sending Watchmen to second place, the Associated Press reported.

The R-rated Watchmen saw its ticket sales drop 67 percent from its opening weekend to $18.1 million in its second week, bringing its 10-day domestic total to $86 million, factoring in preview sales. The movie cost about $150 million to make.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Brothers' executive vice president of distribution, told the AP that the studio anticipated the big dip. "It's very common with higher-profile, highly anticipated movies," Goldstein told the news service.

The Last House on the Left, meanwhile, debuted in third place, with $14.7 million in ticket sales.