Chappie is a dystopian science fiction action film directed by Neill Blomkamp and written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell that was released in 2015 in the United States. Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Sigourney Weaver are among the cast members.
The film, which was set and shot in Johannesburg, is about a gangster-captured and trained artificial general intelligence police enforcement robot known as Chappie. Chappie had its world debut on March 4, 2015, in New York City, and was distributed in US theatres on March 6, 2015. Despite a $49 million budget, the film grossed $102 million worldwide.
Blomkamp’s third feature-length picture as a director is Chappie. He and his wife Terri Tatchell, who also co-authored District 9, penned the screenplay. It was loosely inspired by Blomkamp’s short film Tetra Vaal from 2004. While Blomkamp was working on Elysium, they wrote Chappie in two weeks. Filming began in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the end of October 2013.
The Ponte building was used in one scene. In February of 2014, the filming was completed. In April of 2014, the film was re-shot in British Columbia, Canada. Red Epic cameras and Panavision anamorphic primes were used to shoot the film.
IMAX Corporation and Sony announced on February 6, 2015, that the picture would be digitally remastered for the IMAX format and premiered in IMAX theatres across the United States on March 6, 2015. On March 6, 2015, the film was released in the United States.
Chappie made $31.6 million in North America and $70 million in other regions, grossing $102.1 million against a $49 million budget.
The picture grossed $4.6 million on its first day, $5.3 million on its second day, and $3.5 million on its third day, for a total of $13.4 million on its first weekend, with 3,201 theatres showing it. It took first place at the box office with a $4,155 per-theater average.
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