Mark Wahlberg’s action thriller “Max Payne,” a movie based on the popular video game, grabbed the top weekend box office spot with an $18M take. “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” fell to second place with $11.2M after spending its first two weeks at the top of the pack. “The Secret Life Of Bees,” which featured music and screen star power from Queen Latifah, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Dakota Fanning, finished third ahead of “W.” the bio pic of Bush 43 from Oliver Stone. The industry’s $103 million in collective grosses notched a fourth straight year-over-year weekend uptick, according to Nielsen EDI.
|1||MAX PAYNE||20TH Century Fox||18.0M|
|2||BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA||Walt Disney Pictures||11.2M|
|3||THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES||FOX Searchlight||11.1M|
|Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Nielsen EDI (October 17, 2008 – October 19, 2008).|
Watch analysis from The Hollywood Reporter’s Carl DiOrio