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‘Chappie’ wins a lackluster weekend box office



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Despite a relatively disappointing movie-going weekend overall, Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi/action movie, Chappie, was able to deny Will Smith’s bid for a second straight week atop the weekend box office.

Though opening well below early projections, Chappie was strong enough to take the top spot with $13.3 million. Falling to the second position after last week’s modest No. 1 opening is Will Smith’s big heist opus, Focus with $10 million earned. The week’s biggest surprise was the strong showing for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which many expected to open in the bottom half of the top 10. The film was able to outperform its predecessor’s opening total of $6.4 million by pulling in a modest, yet overachieving $8.6 million. Kingsman: The Secret Service fell to the No. 4 position with $8.3 million. And rounding out the top five is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with an even $7 million.

Also of note, Vince Vaughn had the worst opening of his career as his comedy Unfinished Business flopped with a 10th place open of $4.8 million. And though falling right outside the top 10 with $4.5 million, American Sniper was able to pass The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as the highest grossing movie of 2014.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below.

1. Chappie  – $13.3M

2. Focus  – $10M

3. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $8.6M

4. Kingsman: The Secret Service – $8.3M

5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $7M

6. Fifty Shades of Grey $5.6M

7. McFarland, USA$5.3M

8. The Lazarus Effect$5.1M

9. The DUFF – $4.85M

10. Unfinished Business – $4.8M