‘Chappie’ Leads Disappointing Weekend at the Box Office (Mar. 6-8)

It was a disappointing weekend at the box office with ‘Chappie’ failing to find its legs and ‘Unfinished Business’ becoming the latest dud for Vince Vaughn. The only glimmer of hope came from ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ which made nearly all of its production budget back this weekend.

Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ debuted in theaters this weekend, not showing many signs of life with a disappointing $13.3 million. Studio estimates had the film debuting around $15 million and analysts predicted that it could make as much as $20 million this weekend.

This isn’t the first sci-fi disappointment this year with ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘Seventh Son’, and ‘Project Almanac’ all missing their mark. Also, moviegoers may be getting tired of the R-Rated movie fare that this year has been dominated by so far. Movies like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and ‘Focus’ seem to have quenched that graphic urge that viewers have, not leaving a whole lot left for ‘Chappie’. Better luck to Blomkamp when he releases the ‘Alien’ sequel in the near future.

‘Focus’ came in second with an estimated $10 million, down 46.4 percent from last weekend. This brings the film’s domestic haul to $34.5 million so far.

In third, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ proved that age is just a number, bringing in $8.6 million. The film was produced for only $10 million and is expected to expand by 300 screens next weekend.

Fourth place went to ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, continuing its impressive run the the United States. It pulled in an estimated $8.3 million, easing only 30 percent from last weekend. The film is expected to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office by next weekend.

Fifth place was claimed by ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’, easing 35.3 percent to earn $7 million.

All the way down in tenth place is the Vince Vaughn comedy ‘Unfinished Business’ which didn’t manage to do much business, bombing with $4.8 million. Over the last four years, Vaughn has had a string of flops such as ‘The Dilemma’, ‘Delivery Man’, ‘The Internship’, ‘The Watch’ and now ‘Unfinished Business’ which marks the lowest debut of his career.

The top 12 earned nearly $80 million this weekend which is down almost 40 percent from last year.


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