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Weekend Box Office Report: March 6-8, 2015

03.08.2015

Chappie is happy to take #1!

Audiences wanted to see artificial intelligence in action this weekend, putting CHAPPIE on top at the box office with an estimated $13.3 million!

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's violent R-rated robot adventure led a sluggish weekend and battled an unfavorable critical response of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes (crowds gave it a 'B' CinemaScore). With a reported budget of $50 million, CHAPPIE cost less than half of his last movie ELYSIUM, which opened with $29.8 million in August of 2013. Blomkamp's impressive debut DISTRICT 9 started out with $37.3 million (on a $30 million cost).

Will Smith's R-rated caper comedy FOCUS slipped to second place with $10 million, a drop of 46% from its opening last weekend. The new romantic comedy sequel THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL opened in third with $8.6 million -- better than the $6.3 million wide release of the first movie, which went on to $136 million worldwide. Critics gave the PG-rated follow-up a passable rating (64% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences gave it a 'B+' CinemaScore.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was in fourth place with $8.3 million after a month in theaters. Matthew Vaughn's R-rated spy actioner is just about to hit $100 million domestic and $250 million worldwide. THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER was after it yet again with another $7 million as the animated kid flick is now at $259 million globally.

The bondage romance FIFTY SHADES OF GREY moved down to sixth with $5.6 million, and has now reached a $527.7 million worldwide total. Kevin Costner's sports drama MCFARLAND USA was running close behind with $5.3 million, followed by the low-budget horror movie THE LAZARUS EFFECT with $5.1 million and the high-school comedy THE DUFF with $4.8 million.

Vince Vaughn's new R-rated comedy UNFINISHED BUSINESS barely made it onto the list, opening down in tenth with $4.8 million -- a career low for a Vaughn-fronted comedy, even worse than the $7.9 million debut of 2013's DELIVERY MAN. The raunchy European trip (also featuring Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson) earned a dismal 13% critic average on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 'B-' CinemaScore from moviegoers.

Outside the chart, AMERICAN SNIPER has officially become the highest grossing release of 2014 as it finally exited the Top 10 after seven weeks. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 also departed along with Oscar-winner Julianne Moore's drama STILL ALICE, although that and BIRDMAN are still enjoying some degree of post-awards business along with Disney's BIG HERO 6, which just passed $600 million worldwide.

Next weekend has Liam Neeson doing more damage in RUN ALL NIGHT, plus Disney's live-action CINDERELLA and the limited releases of festival fave horror movie IT FOLLOWS and the black comedy HOME SWEET HELL.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Chappie $13.3 M
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2. Focus $10 M $34.5 M
3. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $8.6 M
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4. Kingsman: The Secret Service $8.3 M $98 M
5. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $7 M $148.9 M
6. Fifty Shades of Grey $5.6 M $156.4 M
7. McFarland USA $5.3 M $29.4 M
8. The Lazarus Effect $5.1 M $17.4 M
9. The DUFF $4.8 M $26.1 M
10. Unfinished Business $4.8 M
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5:52PM on 03/09/2015

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Ripping off Short Circuit and wearing his class warfare on his sleeve has now made Neill one for three in successful movies. I thought District 9 was heavy handed as well. Can't wait for his next bomb.
Ripping off Short Circuit and wearing his class warfare on his sleeve has now made Neill one for three in successful movies. I thought District 9 was heavy handed as well. Can't wait for his next bomb.
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4:21PM on 03/09/2015

Damn.

I think Rotten Tomatoes influence on theater goers is heavier than its ever been. As a fan of cinema, I think this is a very bad thing. Half of the pretentious pricks reviewing have their minds made up on the films solely by who directed, who's cast in it, or how much trouble their was during production. Haven't been able to see Chappie yet, but I sure as hell can't wait to.
I think Rotten Tomatoes influence on theater goers is heavier than its ever been. As a fan of cinema, I think this is a very bad thing. Half of the pretentious pricks reviewing have their minds made up on the films solely by who directed, who's cast in it, or how much trouble their was during production. Haven't been able to see Chappie yet, but I sure as hell can't wait to.
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1:55PM on 03/09/2015
Can we all just take a moment to celebrate the fact that Fifty Shades of Fecal Waste is dropping off the radar?
Can we all just take a moment to celebrate the fact that Fifty Shades of Fecal Waste is dropping off the radar?
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1:40PM on 03/09/2015
I would've thought Chappie was going be bigger. It looked really interesting, a little of IRobot mixed with District 9. Guess it's a slow weekend by the totals. Won't see anything major til Avengers 2.
I would've thought Chappie was going be bigger. It looked really interesting, a little of IRobot mixed with District 9. Guess it's a slow weekend by the totals. Won't see anything major til Avengers 2.
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6:19PM on 03/10/2015
Lol guess Fast 7 will be a flop eh ;)
Lol guess Fast 7 will be a flop eh ;)
12:42AM on 03/09/2015

Weekend bust...

I still think a reboot of short circuit would be better than chappie! And people may be losing interest in Vince Vaughn... But say what you want, his movies are still better than the last 5 or 6 piece of shit Movies Adam Sandler has put out. Hopefully Vaughn does his part and True Detective is just as good as season 1....
Hurry up gunman and child 44!
I still think a reboot of short circuit would be better than chappie! And people may be losing interest in Vince Vaughn... But say what you want, his movies are still better than the last 5 or 6 piece of shit Movies Adam Sandler has put out. Hopefully Vaughn does his part and True Detective is just as good as season 1....
Hurry up gunman and child 44!
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11:08PM on 03/08/2015
If Chappie continues to perform this well in the next couple of weeks, Aliens 5 will have a bright future.
If Chappie continues to perform this well in the next couple of weeks, Aliens 5 will have a bright future.
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9:31PM on 03/08/2015
Pretty weak numbers this weekend, summer can't get here soon enough & this month looks absolutely weak as far as movies.
Pretty weak numbers this weekend, summer can't get here soon enough & this month looks absolutely weak as far as movies.
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6:54PM on 03/08/2015

Well, good thing Bloomkamp pulled a Zach Snyder

Snyder attached himself to "Man of Steel" before his messy, self-indulgent passion project "Sucker Punch| came out and bombed in cinemas. Looks like Bloomkamp pulled off the same hat trick with this and "Alien 5".
Snyder attached himself to "Man of Steel" before his messy, self-indulgent passion project "Sucker Punch| came out and bombed in cinemas. Looks like Bloomkamp pulled off the same hat trick with this and "Alien 5".
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5:53PM on 03/08/2015
The staunch defenders of this movie have made me a little more interested in seeing it, I must admit. I'm not buying the excuses though. Attendance, bias critics, fanboy resentment. Probably a small element of truth to each of these accusations. Who knows, with strong word of mouth I could be proven wrong, but I don't think this movie will have legs. If it really is an 8/10 movie it should put up similar numbers next weekend.
The staunch defenders of this movie have made me a little more interested in seeing it, I must admit. I'm not buying the excuses though. Attendance, bias critics, fanboy resentment. Probably a small element of truth to each of these accusations. Who knows, with strong word of mouth I could be proven wrong, but I don't think this movie will have legs. If it really is an 8/10 movie it should put up similar numbers next weekend.
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5:15PM on 03/08/2015
Finally went and seen Kingsman. Fantastic movie! I thought I would be sitting in a empty theater but the place was packed. Glad to see it doing well. It deserves it.
Finally went and seen Kingsman. Fantastic movie! I thought I would be sitting in a empty theater but the place was packed. Glad to see it doing well. It deserves it.
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6:43PM on 03/08/2015
Yup, me too. It was a pretty awesome movie.
Yup, me too. It was a pretty awesome movie.
10:58PM on 03/08/2015
Less than 10 minutes after seeing it, my wife said, "I want to see it again." That speaks volumes about how good that movie was. I hope we see a sequel.
Less than 10 minutes after seeing it, my wife said, "I want to see it again." That speaks volumes about how good that movie was. I hope we see a sequel.
11:11PM on 03/08/2015
I might have to go see it again myself. Not interested in any of the March movies, but it feels weird not seeing anything at all....
I might have to go see it again myself. Not interested in any of the March movies, but it feels weird not seeing anything at all....
12:07AM on 03/09/2015
It's one of the VERY few time I think the movie is better than the comics
It's one of the VERY few time I think the movie is better than the comics
7:55AM on 03/09/2015
I"ve never been disappointed in a Matthew Vaughn film. Each one seems to get better and better which is a rarity in anything in this day and age. Also, he seems to bring something out of an already great actor that we haven't seen before.

Layer Cake: made me believe Craig would be able to handle Bond

Stardust: I loved DeNiro as the "Happy Captain". One of the best roles I'd seen him in ages.

Kick-Ass: Literally one of my favorite comic book movies. Cage was awesome and Hit-Girl was
I"ve never been disappointed in a Matthew Vaughn film. Each one seems to get better and better which is a rarity in anything in this day and age. Also, he seems to bring something out of an already great actor that we haven't seen before.

Layer Cake: made me believe Craig would be able to handle Bond

Stardust: I loved DeNiro as the "Happy Captain". One of the best roles I'd seen him in ages.

Kick-Ass: Literally one of my favorite comic book movies. Cage was awesome and Hit-Girl was the bomb.

X-Men: FC: May be the best of the series and surely had the best cameo in comic book movies.

Kingsman: Never would've thought Colin Firth would have pulled that off. Makes his role in Tinker, Tailor, look like a Suave Super Soldier...
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4:21PM on 03/08/2015
I enjoyed Chappie, so seeing it do poorly is disappointing, but that it's number 1 this week is a testament to theater attendance, I think. At the rate theater attendance is going, I think we're going to be seeing both further increases in prices at theaters and studios reconsidering what they show in the fall and spring. I feel like we'll only start seeing worse and worse movies getting pushed onto the off month, ones that studios don't think really stand a chance. Which makes one consider,
I enjoyed Chappie, so seeing it do poorly is disappointing, but that it's number 1 this week is a testament to theater attendance, I think. At the rate theater attendance is going, I think we're going to be seeing both further increases in prices at theaters and studios reconsidering what they show in the fall and spring. I feel like we'll only start seeing worse and worse movies getting pushed onto the off month, ones that studios don't think really stand a chance. Which makes one consider, why would a studio make the film at all?
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4:17PM on 03/08/2015

Don't get the Vitriol.....

I've read some incredibly asinine reviews of Chappie, by so called film 'critics' who obviously had their minds made up before seeing the film, I saw it opening night and its a great , solid film. Neil Blomkamp's films look like noone elses' out there right now. the Robot F/X were seamless, Sharlto Copley invaded Andy Serkis' territory. I thought it was a great plot point to make the ' nuclear Family' of the film a bunch of hoods, makes you take another look. Weaver was wasted, and Hugh
I've read some incredibly asinine reviews of Chappie, by so called film 'critics' who obviously had their minds made up before seeing the film, I saw it opening night and its a great , solid film. Neil Blomkamp's films look like noone elses' out there right now. the Robot F/X were seamless, Sharlto Copley invaded Andy Serkis' territory. I thought it was a great plot point to make the ' nuclear Family' of the film a bunch of hoods, makes you take another look. Weaver was wasted, and Hugh Jackman obviously relished being a bad guy, but all the Sci Fi Allegory was in place, had a great ending, was well paced, so I wonder; Just because Blomkamp isn't giving the Scifi fanboys and Critics EXACTLY what they want, namely, variations on District 9, they now decide their Wunderkind is passe and dump all over him? that's truly pathetic. I had no problem with Elysium, and Chappie is a solid addition to this ' Blomkampverse' that he's putting together.
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4:13PM on 03/08/2015
Stop giving Vince Vaughn leading roles, Delivery Man, The Internship, The Watch, and The Dilemma all flopped at the box office.
Stop giving Vince Vaughn leading roles, Delivery Man, The Internship, The Watch, and The Dilemma all flopped at the box office.
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12:10AM on 03/09/2015
They DID flop, but were they that bad ? (I'm really asking, since I saw non of them)
And can you blame Vaughn for those movies failure ?
They DID flop, but were they that bad ? (I'm really asking, since I saw non of them)
And can you blame Vaughn for those movies failure ?
3:39PM on 03/08/2015
13M??!.. Good Lord!! That is horrendous! ... lol ..Des1 got the last laugh. The guy is probably evilly rubbing his hands together laughing "Muuuuhahahaha... good.. good."
13M??!.. Good Lord!! That is horrendous! ... lol ..Des1 got the last laugh. The guy is probably evilly rubbing his hands together laughing "Muuuuhahahaha... good.. good."
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4:40PM on 03/08/2015
It's a good day to be Des1.
It's a good day to be Des1.
11:15PM on 03/08/2015
But not a good day for Columbia Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
But not a good day for Columbia Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
11:19PM on 03/08/2015
ROTFLMAO......I am not! Seriously, throw me a frickin' bone here.....You know I have one simple request, that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

I love District 9 so hope Blomkamp bounces back. Plus I'm a huge Aliens fan, so hope he strikes the right balance between his vision and the fans' expectations.
ROTFLMAO......I am not! Seriously, throw me a frickin' bone here.....You know I have one simple request, that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

I love District 9 so hope Blomkamp bounces back. Plus I'm a huge Aliens fan, so hope he strikes the right balance between his vision and the fans' expectations.
3:30PM on 03/08/2015
Made about 5 million less than I expected. At least they can say they have the #1 movie in america for a week.
Made about 5 million less than I expected. At least they can say they have the #1 movie in america for a week.
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3:16PM on 03/08/2015

what happenned to Vince Vaughn ????????

a few years ago, he was one of America's favorite actors, not a huge star internationaly, but still, his movies were huge hits in north america. Now he does flops after flops ! Ok, some of those movies are pretty bad (the dilemma, the watch...), but at the time of his golden age, some of his bad movies were huge hits (I.E. couples retreat.... a shitty movie that mage huge money...), I personnaly love him, so what happenned ????
Chappie is excellent : 8/10 in my books
a few years ago, he was one of America's favorite actors, not a huge star internationaly, but still, his movies were huge hits in north america. Now he does flops after flops ! Ok, some of those movies are pretty bad (the dilemma, the watch...), but at the time of his golden age, some of his bad movies were huge hits (I.E. couples retreat.... a shitty movie that mage huge money...), I personnaly love him, so what happenned ????
Chappie is excellent : 8/10 in my books
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11:20PM on 03/08/2015
The same thing that happened to Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Lack of good ideas, so just cashing a paycheck instead....
The same thing that happened to Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Lack of good ideas, so just cashing a paycheck instead....
3:02PM on 03/08/2015
All I want to read is a headline that says "Kingsman sequel confirmed!"

And good for American Sniper being the highest grossing domestic film of the year.
All I want to read is a headline that says "Kingsman sequel confirmed!"

And good for American Sniper being the highest grossing domestic film of the year.
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12:17AM on 03/09/2015
I'm not sure I want a sequel to Kingsman... I'm afraid they can't have the 'surprise effect' and the chemistry back...
The first one is so great, I'd rather have a single great film instead of shitty sequels syndrome franchise...
I'm not sure I want a sequel to Kingsman... I'm afraid they can't have the 'surprise effect' and the chemistry back...
The first one is so great, I'd rather have a single great film instead of shitty sequels syndrome franchise...
2:18PM on 03/08/2015

I really loved chappie a lot.

Its the sort of movie that makes you think as well, just like neill's other movies he made. Shame people didn't like it. But I already knew it wasn't going to be liked.
Its the sort of movie that makes you think as well, just like neill's other movies he made. Shame people didn't like it. But I already knew it wasn't going to be liked.
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3:27PM on 03/08/2015
You knew it wasn't going to be liked before the reviews came in or after? Before the reviews came in it seemed like most people were looking forward to it from my perspective. Had many of the elements and themes that are popular among the general audience. Cute robot, big stars, cutting edge special effects, action, etc.
You knew it wasn't going to be liked before the reviews came in or after? Before the reviews came in it seemed like most people were looking forward to it from my perspective. Had many of the elements and themes that are popular among the general audience. Cute robot, big stars, cutting edge special effects, action, etc.
3:45PM on 03/08/2015
"sort of movie that makes you think..."

No it isn't.
"sort of movie that makes you think..."

No it isn't.
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