Both Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi tale “Chappie” and the Vince Vaughn-led comedy “Unfinished Business” underwhelmed at the U.S. box-office this weekend.
“Chappie” took the top spot but opened with poor reviews and a weak $13.3 million, which was under the $15-20 million estimates that were being suggested last week. Sony’s distribution chief has put the blame on fatigue from a glut of R-rated movies in cinemas. With a budget of just $49 million though, it’ll likely make its money back from global markets.
Meanwhile the business trip comedy “Unfinished Business” opened to just $4.8 million, making it the lowest debut of Vaughn’s career and yet the latest in a list of flops for the actor in the past few years.
One decent performer though was “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Made for a very economical $10 million, the comedy sequel pulled in $8.6 million in its debut.
Returning titles included “Focus” in second with $10 million, whilst “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” added $8.3 million and $5.6 million respectively.
After such a robust start to the year, this weekend proved a real fizzer with overall ticket sales down roughly 35% from a year ago.