Weekend box office: The Space Between Us and Rings struggle

It was a rough time at the weekend box office, but during this time of year, especially on Super Bowl weekend, I don’t think anyone cares.  No one is going to do a big root cause analysis to determine why RINGS performed so poorly.  It was a bad movie that the studio needed to dump and therefore, SPLIT managed to continue its hold on the top spot.  I’m still amazed at the performance of SPLIT since I never thought M. Night Shyamalan would be relevant again.  But here we are.  The other new movie of the weekend was the Asa Butterfield starring THE SPACE BETWEEN US, which came in ninth place.  That’s definitely a lackluster performance, but again, I don’t think anyone is surprised or concerned that a teen romance film without any big stars didn’t crack the top five.

Things should pick up considerably next weekend with two big movies opening up.  The first is the sequel FIFTY SHADES DARKER, which should be enough to bring the female audience into theaters.  I can’t imagine the sequel will do the kind of money the original did ($85 million opening), but I’m sure it will do well.  The other new movie of the weekend is THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, which looks just as hilarious as THE LEGO MOVIE, but with much more Batman.  I’m not sure which one will take the top spot, because I think both of them are going to do pretty well.  But I’d give the edge to THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE since kids movies always seem to do well and there’s virtually no competition right now.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Split $14.3m

2. Rings $13.3m

3. Hidden Figures $10.2m

4. A Dog’s Purpose $10.1m

5. La La Land $7.4m

6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter $4.1m

7. Sing $3.9m

8. Lion $3.6m

9. The Space Between Us $3.5m

10. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage $3.4m

(Deadline)

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