Box Office: “Chappie” staggers to win, “Focus” falls, Vince Vaughn is over

boxoffice“Unfinished Business” will pull in about $5 million over this weak March weekend for movies. That’s pretty bad for a mainstream R-rated comedy, and signals the end of Vince Vaughn’s comic leading man days. He needs a Kevin James to have a prayer of opening a picture. Even Will Ferrell needs a team-up to make his movies marketable, so this comes as no great surprise. Dave Franco? Not a movie star.

Neill Blomkamp’s “Chappie” got terrible reviews, but the fanboys showed up. $13-14 million worth of them, anyway. Not a disaster, although Sony spent money on Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel and on location shooting in South Africa. It looks like a flop, if not a career-killer.

The sequel to “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will have to show a lot of leg to match  the original’s take, as a $9 million opening suggests $25-30 million, total over the course of its run. The first film hung around as the older audience got around to seeing it. Maybe they’ll luck out again.

“The Duff” is holding audience like a champ, only a 30% drop week to week. “Focus” is losing 50-60 percent.

“Fifty Shades” has cleared $150, closing in on $160 million now.

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