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'Chappie' tops slow weekend, 'Unfinished Business' tanks

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:01 AM
Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
A routine trip takes an unimaginable turn in 'Unfinished Business'.
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Neill Blomkamp's original science-fiction film, Chappie, about a police droid who learns to think and feel, fought its way to first place with a modest $13.3 million, according to yesterday's estimates from box office firm Rentrak.

It's a career low for Blomkamp, whose Elysium and District 9 debuted at $29.8 and $37.4 million, respectively. The film ran at 3,201 locations.

The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy, Unfinished Business, fared even worse, opening at number 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.

The entire weekend is down about 35 per cent from last year. Will Smith's Focus fell an estimated 46 per cent to take second place with $10 million.

One bright spot was Fox Searchlight's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opened in third place with a strong $8.6 million from 1,573 locations.