Weekend box office: A Dog’s Purpose and Resident Evil can’t beat Split

One weekend at number one was a big deal for M. Night Shyamalan, but two weekends in a row atop the weekend box office is quite the accomplishment for someone we all thought had used up his bag of tricks.  Let’s hope he can use the momentum to finally get UNBREAKABLE 2 made.  His thriller was able to hold off two newcomers this weekend.  The first challenger was the steeped-in-controversy A DOG’S PURPOSE, which probably wasn’t going to make bank anyway, but I’m guessing the boycotts and bad press didn’t help it’s cause.  I think media outlets made too much out of the short video (and that’s speaking as a dog lover), but I think all they had to do was get the trainer and dog on a couple of talk shows to tell everyone he was sorry and that the dog was okay and maybe shine a little light on the circumstances.  The fact they didn’t do that made even me think something else was wrong.  But anyway, all of that controversy ended up in a second place finish.  The other new challenger of the weekend was RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, which came in fourth place with just over $12 million.  If that number holds, then The Final Chapter will easily have the worst opening of all Resident Evil films, taking the spot of the original film, which opened with $17 million.  So…maybe it really is the final chapter?

Next week should be another slow weekend.  First up is THE SPACE BETWEEN US, which has a high concept idea, but I can’t imagine it’s going to do any damage at the box office.  At best, it can hope to find an audience on home video.  Then we have RINGS, which might steal enough of SPLIT’s audience to knock it out of the top spot, but I’d be surprised if it gets enough to take over.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Split $24.8m

2. A Dog’s Purpose $18.1m

3. Hidden Figures $13.8m

4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter $12.4m

5. La La Land $11.1m

6. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage $7.1m

7. Sing $6.5m

8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $5.4m

9. Monster Trucks $4m

10. Gold $3.5m

(Deadline)

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