By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, Variety
Though Max Payne got blasted by just about everyone who saw the film early, the video game adaptation was still able to hold its own over the weekend.
Max Payne #1 at the Box Office
After watching a Chihuahua take the top spot at the box office two weekends in a row, it is good to see somebody no, anybody else holding the position. 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the popular video game enjoyed an estimated $18 million from its opening bow.
While Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua did not take the top spot for a third weekend, the film continues to show staying power. After a miniscule decline of only 37%, the family romp took the number two spot with $11.2 million.
Fox Searchlight was close to coming in at number two with their adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, but just missed the mark with $11.1 million.
Lionsgate's controversial W. rode the liberal wave to the number four spot with $10.6 million.
With an exceptionally strong weekend, there was one disappointment. Summit Entertainment's R-comedy, Sex Drive, barely made the top ten at the number nine spot with $3.6 million. Of all the film's that came out this weekend, that was actually the one I most wanted to see.
Thanks to the other three wide releases plus Disney's Chihuahua, the weekend box office was up 10% over the same frame last year.