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Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' grabs $750,000 in Thursday night showings
Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' grabs $750,000 in Thursday night showings

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's robot film "Chappie" is powering up for what looks like a slow weekend at the box office. The movie, which opens wide in the U.S. this weekend, generated $750,000 in ticket sales from Thursday night showings, putting it on track to gross around $14 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. Weekend forecasters had projected a take of up to $20 million. The latest from the director of the 2009 hit "District 9," "Chappie" has received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, evidenced by a 31% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, it is expected to top the U.S. box...

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