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‘Max Payne’ Tops Weekend Box Office
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‘Max Payne’ Tops Weekend Box Office

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.

RANK TITLE STUDIO WEEKEND EARNINGS

(Oct 17-19)

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
4 W. Lionsgate 10.6M
5 Eagle Eye Dreamworks 7.3M
Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Nielsen EDI (October 17, 2008 – October 19, 2008).

Watch analysis from The Hollywood Reporter’s Carl DiOrio