The Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious [click to read] reeled in movie goers this weekend, and entered at fourth on the box office charts. The film earned $21.5 million, and became the biggest opening weekend ever for production company Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Notorious not only brought in dollars, but the opening of the film left many fans and musicians alike praising the Notorious B.I.G. and the film itself.

Busta Rhymes recently spoke on the magnitude of the movie to MTV News. He said, “You see it happen for the generation of artists before us, and you wish it would happen for our generations and the artists that come from our era of the game. It’s one thing to have a flick, but it’s one thing to have the value of that life story mean so much to the people that the flick now becomes more than a flick. It’s a moment. It’s a captured moment in time.”

Fox Searchlight, the indie version of parent company 20th Century Fox, was pleased with the release as well, and felt the subject matter drove the crowds to the theaters. The news comes after reports of violent incidents related to the movie’s premiere [click to read].

Chris Aronson, the senior vice president of 20th Century Fox said, “It’s a very high quality film, and it’s a compelling look at a compelling cultural icon who, like many cultural icons, left way too early but left an indelible mark on society.”

Leading the box office charts was Paul Blart: Mall Cop with 33.8 million dollars while Gran Torino ($22.2 million) and My Bloody Valentine ($21.9 million) rounded out the top four.