Moviegoers shell out for Max Payne

Max Payne is bigger than George W. Bush. That's one way to take this weekend's US box-office numbers, which show the big-screen adaptation of Take-Two Interactive's noir-ish shooter topping Oliver Stone's presidential biopic W. On the other hand, director Oliver Stone's W. garnered higher approval...

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Max Payne is bigger than George W. Bush.

That's one way to take this weekend's US box-office numbers, which show the big-screen adaptation of Take-Two Interactive's noir-ish shooter topping Oliver Stone's presidential biopic W. On the other hand, director Oliver Stone's W. garnered higher approval ratings than the critically lambasted game adaptation featuring Mark Wahlberg in the starring role.

The $18 million take from 20th Century Fox's Max Payne (as reported by Variety) put the film atop the weekend box-office heap, dethroning Beverly Hills Chihuahua after two weeks. Chihuahua landed in second place with $11.2 million, followed by new releases The Secret Life of Bees and W., which earned $11.1 million and $10.6 million, respectively.

Although respectable, the $18 million opening of Max Payne is not unprecedented for an adaptation from the world of games. Last November, 20th Century Fox scored another hit with the $20 million box-office debut of Hitman, whereas Sony Pictures racked up a $24 million opening weekend two months prior with Resident Evil: Extinction.

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GrimBee
GrimBee

And another thing.. Comic book movie directors only really stay barely in-line with the source material. With games, for some reason directors are trying to re-create the game in a movie. If you take a look at Tim Burton's Batman. It does take the darker mood of the comic, but with the nature of comic's you have different artists, different storylines and this can create totally different interpretations of a character. So thats why there are several kinds of Batman movies, and alot of them work rather well. Put Tim Burtons Batman (with awesome theme music!) on, then put on the new batman dark knight - Same character, two different styles. But both don't really try to recreate the comic-book style of the story. For example, Sin City is staying rather close to the source material, Spiderman is only loosely using it. Like how spiderman organically creates the web stuff in the movie but not in the comics. On to my point - Alot of movies that are based on games follow the source material too closely.. Except a few awful exceptions just looking for a cash-in. (ahem.. resident evil... which is nothing like the game at all..). One thing I like about comic book movies is that they capture the nature and essence of a character. With videogames, they seem to concentrate more on everything else. Videogames are pretty much exactly like comic books, imo, because you control a character (or group of characters) and in a comic you read about the tales of a character, or group of characters. Fans of comics want the movie counterpart to represent the characters they read about. So as a gamer, I would like the movie to be a great re-creation of a character in the game. It's just a shame that alot of game movies seem to just cash-in on a licence rather than actually make a killing. If you see a comic book movie - you see a whole load of merchandise following, loads of toys and stuff like that. If you see a videogame movie -- nothing... absolutely nothing. And this is because a movie has not actually made a GOOD example of a game. Pretty much the only one which has, imo, is Silent Hill. The movie really isn't that great, but, they are using the character designs from the movie into the game. Which is something that very rarely happens. So, the question is really - do you want videogame movies to represent videogames? or do you want the games to show it off by themselves? I mean, how many of you watched ironman, but never read the comic? I think with videogames the majority of the audience would of already of played the game before seeing the movie. But with comic book movies its the other way around.. hmm..

GrimBee
GrimBee

Silent Hill movie had an opening weekend of $20,152,598 :) yay, go pyramid head! I saw the movie only because I like the game, and even though I think Max Payne is a top game series - I loved the noir style story-telling of the game, but for me the story just is so depressing and throat-cuttingly gritty that without being able to play, the thrill of the story just seems to fade into tedium in a sort of "seen it all before" type of thing. As a movie, its alright, but as a game it is much better. I think pretty much every gamer expects this though, but, on the other hand its freakin' awesome to have another games character on the big-screen. Its unfortunate though that the movies aren't as well-done as comic-book movies :(

EverteMax
EverteMax

max payne movie...another reason why the gaming industry should not let hollywood touch them... it was beyond crap...

z_eratul
z_eratul

i saw this movie on opening day and i was a little bit disappointed, maybe my expectations were too high. I went back and started playing max payne again, i'm much happier now

Thrallia
Thrallia

uh, I don't think $12 is the average movie ticket price, but even at what I'd consider the average price($9), that's still only 2 million people and still pathetic for #1 in the box office

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

So out of nation of 300 million people, about only 1.5 million or less saw this movie thus far. Yeah, I divided the $18 million figure against the average movie ticket price of $12. That's a puny 1.5 million people. That's not even 1% of the nation. Pathetic.

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

I really don't understand the resentment towards the Max Payne movie. I thought it was an enjoyable movie, it wasn't like movie of the year or anything too spectacular, but I felt it was above average. Not close to the greatness of the games, but nonetheless an enjoyable film.

rodhrp
rodhrp

I thought that last few parts of the doom movie were great, I loved it when he saw his reflection and shot at it, come on...How many have done that in a scary fps. Games to movies, just take it easy. Its for entertainment and if you go to a action movie expecting a deep plot then you should not be going at all, stick to the operas and plays or read a tom clancy book

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

makchady, I agree with you, Max Payne was the worst movie I've seen in a theater since Elektra. The movie fails miserably in maintaining a constant storyline since it likes to jump from scene to scene in an awkward way making the movie even more boring and hard to follow. The bullet time sucked ass, the action was pathetic and there was only one Max Payne move in the movie which was done kind of cheesy. At least Mark Wahlberg was better in this movie than in The Happening so that actually relieved me a little. Hmm... What else? The plot was boring even though it took some things from the game it still failed to maintain interest in the theater I went too, since people started laughing at the movie after a while. If they would have gone with the whole Russian Mafia storyline like in the game and left the drug thing and those stupid overused hallucinations to a minority then this movie could have been better. I do not recommend this movie to be seen in a theater, just rent it when it's out if you feel like wasting money. I gave it 5/10on imdb, which is my second lowest rating below 6 I've ever given to a movie.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

This movie is a rental and not full price, and to most of you the word "rental" instantly means "download."

mp7blue
mp7blue

hey makchady, which part or thing didnt u like in max payne?

makchady
makchady

i cant even begin to explain how bad max payne the movie was...it really is embarrassing how these videogame movies keep being horribly made and thus making videogames look dumb. im a huge movie buff, i probably watch at least 3 to 4 a week at times, and max payne is just ridiculously bad.

Kristophski
Kristophski

@tawagivercetti Think how long it takes to make a film. Chances are this film was started (at least in concept) as soon as they saw how well the sales of Max Payne were going, and that the story was one of the better aspects. It might seem old to you now, but if you wanted that done with a 'new' game, you'd have to predict that your game would be a hit in advance, and start making a film when its still in development. Besides, they fill games with cutscenes to advance the story. How's that different from a series of mini-films?

Bahaa3000
Bahaa3000

IMO the Max Payne movie was the best video game movie to date , It was fun and with some amazing bullet time . I just can't understand why people hated it so much !

spartant15
spartant15

Why can't we get a GOOD videogame movie adaption?

Achimelech
Achimelech

I have seen the trailer for the new Max Payne movie and played the games I don not ever recall seeing Demons or Angels of any type which did appear in the Max Payne movie trailer. So I do not know if I would like it on the account of it not being accurate to the game.

Irve
Irve

Hmmm, the trailer for Max Payne looks weird and doesn't relate to the games at all ... but i will watcht eh film just to see even if people have been giving it 1 star reviews

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

So its not the best game adaptation movie ever, not to unexpected. Although Max Payne beating a movie about talking dogs and about George W. Bush (no idea why anyone would want to see that) somehow isn't really all that impressive either.

gp3tron
gp3tron

To the guys that say that the Guitar Hero Movie is gonna rock....guys, please go to a madhouse, and don´t ever come out again.

Yellowshirts
Yellowshirts

devilz you are wrong and your opinion is worthless

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I have put up numerous posts on sites telling people to save their money and spend it on one of the Max Payne games or heck see something else at the theatre. This was absolutely horrible and hopefully it will bomb in the coming weeks and be gone so theatres can show something worthwhile.

Haldir437
Haldir437

ok, the movie was alright, but definitly not as much action as i expected. My recomendation is to wait and rent it from redbox

XanderZane
XanderZane

I didn't waste my money on it. I went and saw Quarantine instead, which I'm sure was better then Max Payne. Maybe I'll rent it when it hits the stores.

mattg90520
mattg90520

what about any news of alan wake? i thought we were supposed to get something at the premiere

muthsera666
muthsera666

Don't use the excuse that the game is from a past generation. That makes no logical argument...

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

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Hydrolix
Hydrolix

Doubt it will do that again next weekend. I saw a sneak preview of it last week and I'm glad I didn't pay to see it. It was boooooring. I honestly can't believe that I just said that, but there you have it...somehow Hollywood turned Max Payne into a boring, life-less, sub-par acted, uninteresting yawn-fest. Not that I would have wanted them to word-for-word copy the game, but at least if they had it would have been an improvement. Why you ask? Well for starters it has got to be hard to make a decent movie when your script is rubbish! I'm sure Rolemodel1822 could probably find a better screenplay in his avatar's stool.

kbaily
kbaily

This shows the mindset of the country. We don't want interesting political dramas with good acting or storytelling, naw. We want talking dogs and bad game to movie adaptations.

doodj1
doodj1

i thought it was a good movie. not close to the game but it was good

Rolemodel1822
Rolemodel1822

I did like the way it was filmed and the CGI scenes. But as far as storytelling goes it was pretty shallow. Was it a great dipiction of the actual game? No, not even close. But was it a good movie? Yes, I'd say average. It delievered as far as the action genre goes.

XanderKage
XanderKage

No suprises. Every Max Payne fan out there wanted the movie to succeed, and wanted it to be good. Unfortunately, game-to-movie transitions always suck... A shame, considering how awesome was the story and storytelling in the game.

merriman56
merriman56

Max Payne sucked it dragged too much had little action

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Well I have to admit for a typical action movie it delivered but of course I didnt go into it expecting Oscar winning material either. It is funny that people are whining about it not being as good as the source material as if this were the first time as if they didnt realize that hollywood does the same thing with little things called Novels.

Ignition93
Ignition93

Wow people. Let's not rate it like it's...a movie you know...let's rate it like it's a video game. Only it's a movie. You people are idiots. All I'm hearing is "Blah Blah Blah isn't the game...blah blah blah isn't the game". No it isn't the game. What? You wanted to pay money to see a game you have already played through on the big screen? You're all idiots if thats what you wanted. It was much better then I thought it would be. No, it can't be the games because it can't be a 10 hour long PS2 graphics movie with somewhat decent acting...it has to be a 1.5 hour long movie with CGI and real actors. Stop your whining because it's not the game. When I go to a movie based on a book or video game, i don't expect it to go EXACTLY like the book/video game. I expect there to be different plots since you can't put the 20 hours you spent in the VG/Book into a 2 hour long movie. Get over it.

EskimosAreReal
EskimosAreReal

The only thing keeping me from seeing Max Payne in the theater is the PG-13 rating. The game is brash, violent, gritty, etc. and it seems like it got toned down alot for the movie. If an unrated DVD gets released, then and only then will I reconsider it. (Just like I did with Die Hard 4, watched the unrated one which is alot better than the kiddie version). Now, my reason may sound dumb to some, but I'm sure you can see where I'm coming from with this.

aygol
aygol

The movie is a bunch of stinking garbage with the name Max Payne slapped on it. This is not Max Payne. Max Payne is awesome. This is merely a flat and cheap adaptation that has little resemblance to the game. The only good thing about the movie was Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne. 29 out of 100. One of the worst.

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shufflezoom
shufflezoom

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tobkinator
tobkinator

No way I'm gonna go see that peice of crap Oliver Stone made. I do want to see Max Payne though.

jasonpa
jasonpa

Seriously people, Wahlberg was cast for the part because he resembled Max Payne better than any other actor, in looks and in age. Yes Bruce Willis could have done a better job, but he's too old. Secondly the Movies plot is somewhat different than the game but not that much. Both media have Max Payne's family being murdered, a new drug on the street, and he's out for revenge, and they even threw in a supernatural element just like in Max Payne 2. Now some details were altered to create a new experience, but that's ok, cause you have to if you're changing media. It can't be an exact replica. I haven't seen it, and won't, wait for the dvd, but missing the film noir style, and narration is a downer, however if they threw it in, and kept it rated R it would have just been another Shoot Em Up or Sin City. Give props to the people who made the movie trying to create something that can stand alone. It may not be a great movie, but I'm sure it's entertaining and cannot be further from the game then RE was. RE is the worst video game to movie adaptation in my book. At least Hitman and Mortal Kombat stayed true to the main plot outline and main focus but altered small details so people who didn't play the game would understand. Hitman and MK are the tops because both truly bring the essence of their game counterpart on the big screen in real action, with real people.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

I will see it eventually. Not expecting an Oscar performance, but it will be better than seeing a movie about the worst U.S. President ever (according to polls).

magnificent7
magnificent7

Saw it Saturday. I came away with a feeling of "eh". Definitely not as bad as I thought it might be but not that great either. Not having the Mob connection in the story hurt it a little IMO but at least they attempted to have elements of the games in it. I couldn't take Mila Kunis as Mona. She was miscast. However, I did like Ludacris as Jim Bravura. His acting has gotten better with each film. The bullet time sequences weren't too bad either. This is definitely NOT the worst video game movie ever. That honor would go to Bloodrayne 1 and 2. Especially 2, dealing with a vampiric Jesse James(!?) Seriously, WTF!?!?!?

leafdj
leafdj

It was good, if you unlinked it with the game. Not hard; they practically made their own story anyway.

cs45F
cs45F

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HiResDes
HiResDes

@Autolycus, Marky Mark didn't play the games either, your burn fails.

-Hector-
-Hector-

It was alright. An Average movie.

shufflezoom
shufflezoom

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