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March 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Producers of Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi comedy Chappie had little to cheer about this weekend — even though the movie debuted in first place at the box office with an estimated $13.3 million. The Sony film, which opened slightly below modest expectations of around $14-18 million, had reportedly cost them about $49 million. Opening above expectations, however, was Fox Searchlight’s sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which came in third with about $8.6 million. It had reportedly cost about $10 million to produce. Both films featured Anglo-Indian actor Dev Patel. A third new arrival, Unfinished Business, almost failed to finish in the top ten. The Vince Vaughn comedy earned only around $4.8 million, making it Vaughn’s fifth consecutive flop. Last weekend’s top film, Focus, starring Will Smith, slipped to second place with around $10 million.

The top ten films at the box office over the weekend according to estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. Chappie, $13.3 million; 2. Focus, $10 million; 3. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $8.6 million; 4. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $8.3 million; 5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $7 million; 6. Fifty Shades of Grey, $5.6 million; 7. McFarland, USA, $5.3 million; 8. The Lazarus Effect, $5.1 million; 9. The DUFF, $4.9 million; 10. Unfinished Business, $4.8 million.