Weekend Box Office: Split Second

For the second week, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest not only held onto the top of the box office, but also highly outpaced analyst predictions. Meanwhile, the dog-centric family film performed well, but not well enough to pose a threat to the reigning champ.

Split‘ is performing beyond Shyamalan and Jason Blum’s wildest dreams. Dipping just 34% in attendance over its second week (which is pretty much unheard of for horror movies), the twisted thriller made another $26.2 million. After ten days, the $9 million picture has collected $77.9 million domestically. Now playing in 30 international markets, its overseas total is up to $23.7 million, pushing the worldwide total over the $100 million mark. With this being both a critical and financial success, Shyamalan’s next movie can’t come soon enough.

Universal’s family film ‘A Dog’s Purpose‘ finished in second place with $18.3 million. Despite claims that several dogs were injured or mistreated on-set, the $22 million movie played quite well to family audiences. Internationally, it drew $5 million from an undisclosed number of markets, placing its worldwide opening at $23.3 million.

The first of the Oscar nominees to show strong holdover was ‘Hidden Figures‘, which managed to retain its #3 position. The film’s $14 million weekend pushed its domestic total up to $104 million. Fox hasn’t announced the market count, but ‘Hidden Figures’ begin its international rollout this weekend as well. Considering the low total so far ($844,205), I assume that it’s playing in only one or two smaller regions.

Although it came close, ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘ wasn’t able to edge out ‘Hidden Figures’ for third place. Finishing at #4, the sixth and final installment to the franchise suffered the lowest opening of them all. Previously, the lowest debut of the series belonged to the very first entry, which opened to $17.7 million in March 2002. From there, the debut numbers went as high as $26.6 million with ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife‘, but ‘The Final Chapter’ stooped to a new low with $13.8 million. Japan got a head-start on the domestic release, where it has grossed $33.8 million over the past six weeks. From 41 additional markets, it has accumulated $30.7 million to date, putting its international total up to $64.5 million. So far, the $40 million picture has a worldwide total of $78.3 million.

La La Land‘ saw a decent bump from its Golden Globe wins. Last week’s announcement of the Oscar nominations similarly helped out. Expanding to 3,136 screens, it earned $12 million and rounded out the Top 5. The $30 million throwback musical has pulled $106.5 million domestically. Overseas, it’s up to $117 million, bringing its worldwide gross up to $223.5 million.

Swept under the rug by its distributor, The Weinstein Company’s ‘Gold‘ barely made it into the final rank in the Top 10. From 2,166 screens, it made $3.4 million. The drama hasn’t opened overseas and the budget has yet to be announced.

From 312 screens, the limited release of the Spanish-language comedy ‘Un Padre No Tal Padre‘ finished in the #22 spot with $1 million and per-screen average of $3,285.

Top 10:

1. ‘Split’ (Universal) – $26,268,685

2. ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ (Universal) – $18,386,020

3. ‘Hidden Figures’ (Fox) – $14,000,000

4. ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ (Screen Gems) – $13,850,000

5. ‘La La Land’ (Lionsgate) – $12,050,000

6. ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ (Paramount) – $8,250,000

7. ‘Sing’ (Universal) – $6,213,710

8. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Buena Vista) – $5,124,000

9. ‘Monster Trucks’ (Paramount) – $4,100,000

10. ‘Gold’ (Weinstein) – $3,470,000

1 comment

  1. Thulsadoom

    My best mate and I are going to see Resident Evil on when it gets released here (UK), on Friday. We’ve had a blast with the odd Resident Evil marathon in years gone by, accompanied by pizza and beer (well, Cider in my case, but not what you guys consider cider, I’m talking the proper stuff). 😉 So we’re getting together for a proper cinema evening with some all-out Milla-zombie-mutant-killing action!

    Sure, they’re not the greatest films ever made, but they’re always great fun. 🙂

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