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

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.

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