Max Steel: A superhero film has finally bombed at the US box office

The film took $2.2 million from its first weekend in cinemas

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For the last few years, superhero films have dominated at the box office. Out of the 10 top grossing films of 2016 worldwide, five focus on superheroes: Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Later this year, Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange will likely join their ranks.

However, despite the genre seemingly unable to gross less than $500 million worldwide, one superhero flick has bombed heavily in America: Max Steel.

Based on the Mattel - the company behind Hot Wheels, Barbie dolls, and Monster High - action figures, Max Steel was never expected to gross huge amounts of money but was expected to do better than the $2.2 million from its first weekend.

Negative reviews likely had a significant impact on the film’s box office takings, the film scoring a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from nine reviews. 

Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s new thriller The Accountant opened atop the charts, taking $24.7 million in one weekend, closely followed by Kevin Hart: What Now? which took $11.98 million.

The Girl on the Train came in third, marking a huge drop in ticket sales from the first weekend, taking $11.97 million during the film’s second weekend at the box office. Read our review here.