NORTH AMERICA: ‘CHAPPiE’ Leads Monday with a Modest $1.1M; ‘Focus’ Takes Second with $0.86M; ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Third Best with $0.84M

Sony’s CHAPPiE grossed $1.099 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. However, the Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film continues to perform below its already modest pre-release expectations. CHAPPiE was down 69 percent from Sunday’s performance. The four-day total for CHAPPiE stands at $14.45 million. That places the film a very disappointing 56.5 percent behind the $33.22 million four-day start of 2013’s Elysium and a slim 2 percent ahead of the $14.12 million four-day take of 2011’s Paul.

Warner’s Focus claimed second with $0.863 million. The romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 43 percent from last Monday. That represented a respectable daily hold, especially since Focus lost IMAX screens to CHAPPiE this week. Focus has grossed $35.42 million in eleven days. The film is running 25 percent behind the $47.35 million eleven-day haul of 2013’s After Earth, but that percentage gap will continue to close going forward.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed closely behind in third with $0.838 million. The ensemble comedy sequel from Fox Searchlight was down a healthy 63 percent from Sunday. The film continued to claim the strongest per-location average of any film in the top ten with a daily average of $533. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is performing towards the higher end of expectations with $9.38 million in four days and is running 23 percent behind the $12.25 million four-day start of last year’s The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service placed in fourth with $0.721 million. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth fell 68 percent from Sunday and just 23 percent from last Monday, as it continues to hold up well, especially for its genre. Kingsman: The Secret Service has grossed a stronger than expected $98.76 million in 25 days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone on Wednesday.

Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water both continued to have a presence at the box office with respective fifth place and sixth place takes of $0.487 million and $0.469 million on Monday. Fifty Shades of Grey and The SpongeBob Movie continue to remain as the two highest grossing releases of 2015 thus far domestically with respective total grosses of $156.85 million and $149.13 million.

Meanwhile, Fox’s Unfinished Business continued to disappoint in a big way with a ninth place take of $0.384 million. The Vince Vaughn led R-rated comedy was down 65 percent from Sunday. Unfinished Business has only managed a four-day take of $5.16 million, which places the film a massive 73 percent behind the $19.36 million four-day start of 2013’s The Internship.