Box Office Weakend: ‘Chappie’ Comes Up Short, ‘Unfinished Business’ is DOA

By March 8, 2015

This weekend at the box office has proven to be a weak one, as the projected winner of the period comes up short, and as Vince Vaughn’s latest comedy vehicle is dead on arrival.

According to the final numbers for this weekend from Box Office Mojo, Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie has failed to meet its initial expected take of $15 million, but has still taken the top spot with a somewhat anemic $13.3 million. That, coupled with it’s international take of $13.7 million, has put the film on a somewhat extended road to profitability. Part of the elements working against the film’s release is its mild critical reception, earning a CinemaScore of “B” and a Rotten Tomatoes score that currently stands at 30% based on 131 reviews. While the CinemaScore doesn’t look bad, by any means, it’s certainly unremarkable, and likely lends itself to the harsher reaction from critics.

Neill Blomkamp's latest comes out of the gate with a tepid box office take.

Neill Blomkamp’s latest comes out of the gate with a tepid box office take.

Coming in at #2 is last week’s Warner Bros. holdover Focus, with a take of just over $10 million. In third place is the new sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with a take of $8.6 million. Both of these films were expected to fight it out for second place with estimated takes of about $10 million, but Focus managed to come out on top. Marigold has a bit more of a specialized audience, and a much lower financial risk, as it was made for only $10 million. Strong international numbers have already managed to make it profitable, while Focus‘ $50 million investment has already been returned by the combination of domestic and international box office takes, with a full worldwide gross of about $71.5 million.

Places 4-9 on the top 10 of the box office are all holdovers from previous weeks, with films Kingsman: The Secret ServiceThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterFifty Shades of GreyMcFarland USAThe Lazarus Effect, and The DUFF all managing to break into the top 10. The real story here is what came in tenth place: Vince Vaughn’s latest film Unfinished Business. Its expected take this weekend was a very low $5 million, and its final total as we head into Monday currently stands at an even more dismal $4.8 million. While $200,000 may not seem like a huge deal when discussing millions of dollars, but with a film as poorly forecast as this one, it would’ve certainly been a help. On a budget of $35 million, a poor take internationally in addition to dismal domestic numbers likely means that Unfinished Business will have a very poor showing for its full exhibition.

Next weekend’s biggest box office releases include Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh, and Warner Bros.’ Run All Night starring Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman. Be sure to check back next week to find out how the newest releases stack up at the box office!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • brian pumper

    those estimates were hideious! hahaha

  • lexus

    there’s nothing to really look forward to movie wise for another couple weeks anyways

  • GaryAScheidt

    unifinished business is an embarassment….