Final Weekend Box Office: ‘Insurgent’ Soars, ‘Gunman’ Falls

By March 22, 2015
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The weekend’s final tally for the box office is in, and, according to Box Office Mojo, the anticipated sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent has, as expected, come out on top. With a final figure of just over $54 million for its opening weekend, the film has, expectantly, not managed to outdo the weekend gross of its predecessor, which managed to take in $54.6 million a year ago. While that may prove to be a slight disappointment for the studio behind its creation — Lionsgate — it should still prove to be on track for a healthy box office run. Still, Insurgent had about a 20% larger budget than Divergent, but after the weekend the film has pulled in about $47 million in overseas markets, making sure that it’s on the road to profitability.

Coming in at number two, again as expected, is Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. While the film has seen about a 50% drop in attendance when compared to last weekend’s opening numbers, its full worldwide gross sits at a strong $253 million on a $95 million budget. Number three also belongs to a returning film, Liam Neeson’s Run All Night, which took in about $5.1 million. That film still isn’t seeing its prospects fair much better, as the $50 million price tag has only recouped $35 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Even more disappointing, though, is the new Sean Penn action/thriller The Gunman, which has come in at number four with a box office take of just about $5 million. On a budget of around $40 million, the film was made by considerably modest standards from a modern perspective, but with such a poor showing up front it’s not likely to become a success. Low turnout coupled with poor reviews likely didn’t do many favors for the film, which will likely struggle to make back its production budget.

Number five belonged to the returning and endurant Kingsman: The Secret Service, which added $4.6 million to bring its worldwide total up to $295.2 million, a respectable take on an $81 million budget. Number 6 belonged to the weekend’s third new arrival, the Christian drama film Do You Believe?, which took in about $4 million. It’s unknown if that film will see an international release, but it seems to be on a more limited theatrical release than the other films on the list.

Rounding out the top ten are The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with $3.45 million, Focus with $3.3 million, Chappie with $2.65 million, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with $2.35 million.

Next weekend, the biggest new releases include Will Ferrell’s and Kevin Hart’s new comedy Get Hard, and the new film from Dreamworks Animation Home, starring the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons. Be sure to check back next weekend to see how the new 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, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.