Weekend box office: Chappie leads while Unfinished Business bombs

Neill Blomkamp now has three feature films under his belt, his first being the very impressive DISTRICT 9.  Unfortunately, his follow-up films were ELYSIUM and this weekend’s CHAPPIE, neither of which lived up to the promise of DISTRICT 9.  CHAPPIE may have taken the top spot at the weekend box office, but with barely $13 million to show for it, I wouldn’t be bragging about the achievement.  But at least they can be happy they’re not Vince Vaughn, whose latest effort, UNFINISHED BUSINESS couldn’t even crack the top ten and it barely cracked $5 million.  On the surface, it looked like another funny R-rated film about three guys on a business trip, but I think the problem is that America doesn’t find Vince Vaughn funny anymore, unless he’s teaming up with another, more talented comedian.  I’d start begging Owen Wilson for a WEDDING CRASHERS sequel if I were him.

Next week sees the live action adaptation of Disney’s CINDERELLA.  It will be interesting to see how this does in theaters because if it’s successful, then there’s no reason to think Disney won’t continue to adapt all of their classic cartoons.  But if it’s not, then that’s a sign that America is sick of these adaptations.  But given the shortage of movies that appeal to children or even women, I’m guessing CINDERELLA will do well.  We also get another Liam Neeson action movie, this time in the form of RUN ALL NIGHT.  I’m sure it will do alright in theaters, but from the previews, it’s clear Neeson doesn’t have another TAKEN movie on his hands.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Chappie $13.4m

2. Focus $10.1m

3. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $9.4m

4. Kingsman: The Secret Service $8.4m

5. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $7m

6. McFarland USA $5.5m

7. Fifty Shades of Grey $5.4m

8. Unfinished Business $5m

9. The Duff $4.9m

10. The Lazarus Effect $4.7m


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