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Few folks can crank out exceptional movie after movie without at least a few blips along the way, but most fans of Neill Blomkamp hoped he would make it past film number three before churning out something the critics despised. Despite Chappie's number one opening weekend, it proved to be his first big disappointment.
While critics certainly made their opinions about Chappie's shortcomings clear, audiences didn't do much to rally behind it either, showing up to the tune of just $13 million this weekend. The movie's saving grace financially may be the fact that Blomkamp only had $50 million to blow on his latest effort, more than the $30 million his spent on his acclaimed debut project District 9 but well short of the $115 million price tag on his last offering Elysium. But with only $27 million world-wide in most major markets, things don't look good for anything but break-even at best.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel also had a slow start, but perhaps slightly less disappointing. With a third place debut at $8.6 million, it may have done better than its predecessor's sleepy $7 million start, but the first movie had a slow burn energy that held strong, ending with $46 million domestic and $90 million more elsewhere around the world. The sequel isn't likely to enjoy that kind of longevity, and with less than $30 million banked so far in the world-wide markets that were the biggest for the original, Second Best is set to be just that.
Unfinished Business was this weekend's big stinker. A limp tenth place opening with a $4 million take is the best the $35 million comedy could muster, and given the critical panning it received, that might have been a generous turn out from audiences. This marks five mediocre movies (or bombs) in a row for Vince Vaughn, who hasn't headlined a big hit since 2009's Couples Retreat.
After several long weeks in the top ten American Sniper finally slipped to number eleven, but not before breaking the $337 million mark to supplant The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as 2014's highest grossing movie. Nevermind that it banked all but $1 million of that total in 2015, the release date is what counts and that means The Hunger Games hands over the crown and with it the claim of being the only franchise in film history to hold two back-to-back top grossing films of the year (Catching Fire was the top film of 2013).
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