10 May 2012 6:13 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Dark Shadows, the eighth collaboration between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp, is the sole new nationwide release this weekend, and it's opening at a substantial 3,755 locations. Unfortunately, the movie has absolutely no chance of stealing the top spot away from The Avengers, which is coming off a record-setting $207.4 million opening weekend.Dark Shadows is based on the daytime soap opera of the same name which ran from 1966 to 1971. Vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Depp in the movie, didn't appear on the show until the second season in 1967, but the character's presence was a major reason why the show was fairly popular at the time. Dark Shadows does maintain a bit of a cult following to this day, and some older audience members remember it fondly, but the source material connection isn't the main attraction for the upcoming Warner Bros. release.Instead, the driving force behind most attendance this »

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