Film

‘Chappie’ rules the box-office as ‘Unfinished Business’ fails to impress

The first weekend of March was a bit of a disappointment for major studios. The low turnout pushed Sony Pictures’ newest action-film ‘Chappie’ to the top of the box-office, but 20th Century Fox’s new comedy ‘Unfinished Business’ fell to the bottom of the charts with an awkward opening. Three major films opened this weekend, but only two managed to break the top-five at the domestic box-office, here are the numbers.

Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman, ‘Chappie’ is the latest action-thriller released by Sony Pictures. The film brought in $13.3M at the box-office, taking the top spot in the film’s opening weekend debut across the nation. The film was directed by Neill Blomkamp, based off a script that Blomkamp wrote with Terri Tatchell that follows a reprogrammed police droid that fights to save humanity from oppression.

The latest picture from Warner Bros. studio, “Focus,” took second-place at the domestic box-office with $10M this weekend. The film has now made over $34.5M domestically and stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote and directed the crime-drama.

In third-place with an estimated $8.6M at the box-office was ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ from Fox Searchlight; it was the second of the three films that opened this week. The comedy-drama was directed by John Madden, working off a screenplay written by Ol Parker. Among the long-list of stars appearing in the film are Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere.

Action-films continue to dominate the top-five with ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ also from 20th Century Fox. The film brought in an additional $8.3M this weekend domestically, bringing the film’s running-total to $98M to date. That film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson, the film was directed by Matthew Vaughn with a screenplay written by Jane Goldman.

The lovable underwater hero Spongebob Squarepants managed to beat-out Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ at the box-office this week. ‘Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water’ from Paramount Pictures took-in $7M over the weekend, pushing the film’s domestic total to just under $149M here in the States.

Failing to break the top-five, and barely making the top-ten at the box-office was 20th Century Fox’s comedy ‘Unfinished Business’. The film took tenth place overall at the domestic box-office and stars Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson. The film follows a small-business owner and his ramshackle team as they head to Europe to make the biggest deal of their lives. The comedy opened this week to a dismal $4.8M domestically, despite opening in an estimated 2,777 theaters across the country.