My Birthday weekend wound up being the slowest weekend at the box office this year. Sorry about that Hollywood.
Playing at 3,201 locations, “Chappie” opened in first place, but only managed $13.3 million over the three days. In comparison, director Neill Blomkamp’s previous movies, “District 9” and “Elysium,” opened to $37.4 million and $29.8 million respectively. “Chappie” also opened lower than last month’s flop “Jupiter Ascending” ($18.4 million).
“Chappie” received a “B” CinemaScore, which suggests moviegoers liked it a bit more than critics did (29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). If this movie is going to make a profit, it will have to come from international markets. And even that may be a long shot.
In second place we find will Smith’s “Focus.” After leading the box office last weekend, the con artist flick dropped to second place with an estimated $10.02 million. That’s down 46 percent from last week, but that’s a decent hold for a movie with mixed word-of-mouth. To date, “Focus” has earned $34.6 million domestically, and $37 million overseas.
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” opened in third place with an estimated $8.6 million. In comparison, the first Marigold Hotel film earned $6.4 million in its nationwide expansion back in 2012. With a “B+” CinemaScore, and an audience that likely skews older and doesn’t usually rush to theatres opening weekend, the movie should have a modest but decent run.
In 10th place, “Unfinished Business” flopped hard with an estimated $4.8 million. That’s well below Vince Vaughn’s last film, 2013’s “Delivery Man,” which opened to a poor $7.9 million. “Unfinished Business” is in fact the worst debut ever for a Vince Vaughn movie playing at over 1,000 locations.
Not surprisingly, critics hate this movie, and it hovering at 12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience for “Unfinished Business” was 55 percent male and 54 percent over the age of 25. Word-of-mouth is mixed with a “B-” CinemaScore. The movie will likely lose most of its theaters heading in to next weekend, which probably means it will finish its run with under $20 million. I wonder if the folks at “True Detective” are nervous?
And in other news…
Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” passed “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1” to become the highest-grossing movie from 2014. Shocking to some perhaps, but remember that “American Sniper” opened in limited relase on Christmas Day.
I guess it doesn’t matter that most of its $337 million domestic gross came in 2015. Oh weel, I’m sure J.Law is doing okay, but if she needs a hug, she knows where to find me