Although a couple of big movies are making their box office debuts this weekend, things look like they’ll be pretty slow at the theater, which spells bad news for at least one of the new offerings.
According to box office analysts at Variety, the weekend will be led by Neill Blomkamp’s newest film Chappie, starring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver, with Sharlto Copley as the voice of the titular robot. Chappie is expected to take the number 1 spot at this weekend’s box office with a relatively modest figure of $15 million. This will make for a pretty mild start for the new film, Blomkamp’s first since the Matt Damon-starring Elysium from 2013, which was critically polarizing and failed to make back it’s budget domestically (though it did respectable business overseas). Chappie‘s reviews have been generally unkind, but the film has a stream of public interest which may sustain it long enough to make back its budget, estimated at $50 million.
Battling it out for second place is new arrival The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — the sequel to the similarly titled first film from 2012 — and a holdover from last week with Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s Focus. Both films are expected to take in around $10 million this weekend, but it remains to be seen which of the two will end up grossing more.
There’s bad news already up front for Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, and Tom Wilkinson’s turn in the comedy Unfinished Business, as it seems to be dead on arrival if the estimates hold. Current projections have it taking in a very low figure of $5 million, making this the latest string in box office flubs with Vince Vaughn attached. Recent films with the actor like The Watch, Delivery Man, and The Internship have all failed to perform to expectations, but presuming the $5 million figure is accurate, this will prove to be the worst box office opening in Vaughn’s career. 2013’s The Delivery Man opened to similarly dismal numbers with a first weekend take of $7 million, but it looks like his latest will go even lower than that.
Still, these are early estimates, and it should be interesting to see how things will ultimately shake out by the end of the weekend. For the final word on this weekend’s box office, be sure to check back tomorrow!
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