The first full weekend of March is finally here and with it come three (very different) new movies. Although my birthday weekend brings a little something for everyone, this weekend is likely to be another slow one at the box office.
Playing at 3,201 locations, “Chappie” is the third feature from South African director Neill Blomkamp, who hit it big with his 2009 debut “District 9.” That movie went on to earn $115.6 million domestically and another $95 million overseas.. “District 9” was also a hit with critics, and even scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Blomkamp’s second movie was 2013’s “Elysium,” but we don’t have to talk about that.”Chappie” stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, and Hugh Jackman, and is hopefully more like “District 9.”
So far critics have not been kind to “Chappie.” As of Friday morning, the movie has 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, Fandango is reporting that “Chappie” sales are in line with last year’s “RoboCop,” which opened to $21.7 million. The good news for “Chappie” is that it stars Hugh Jackman, who all but guarantees the movie will open at number one. But for some reason, I just don’t see “Chappie” making over $22 million.
Nearly three years after the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” became a surprise hit, the sequel checks in to 1,573 locations this weekend. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has already gotten off to a solid start overseas, opening to $5.8 million in the U.K. and $3.2 million in Australia.
The first movie opened in limited release back in May 2012. On its first weekend in wide release, the film earned $6.4 million . The movie was helped by strong word-of-mouth and ultimately ended its run with $46.4 million, which makes it one of Fox Searchlight’s highest-grossing movies ever.
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” brings back Dev Patel and most of the original movie’s cast, and adds Richard Gere to the mix. With a solid fan base, a decent marketing campaign, and a fairly wide release, it wouldn’t be surprising if this sequel made a at least $10 million this weekend.
Opening at 2,777 theaters, “Unfinished Business” is sure to be the next flop in Vince Vaughn’s fledgling career. Between 2005 and 2009, Vince Vaughn was box office gold, with four of his comedies earning $100-million-plus at the domestic box office. That trend changed in recent years however, with “The Dilemma,” “The Watch,” “The Internship” and “Delivery Man” all wound up grossing between $30 and $50 million.
And by the way: “Unfinished Business” is now at six percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, I said SIX percent. With that in mind, I doubt “Unfinished Business” will earn anything over $7 million this weekend.
“Unfinished Business” also stars Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, and June Diane Raphael. And if you’ve noticed, much of the movie’s marketing campaign has focused on Dave Franco’s character.
I know some people are probably wondering who Dave Franco is. Well, remember “21 Jump Street” and “Now You See Me?” Franco was the other guy.