Weekend box office: Split surprises and easily beats XXX

It’s not often I’m surprised by any movie at the weekend box office, but M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, SPLIT managed to do just that.  The James McAvoy starring film managed to score $30+ million on its opening weekend and may have saved the career of its director.  I know everyone is starving for a horror film, but it’s still surprising.  To put it in perspective, last week’s number two film, THE BYE BYE MAN, completely fell out of the top ten, presumably losing all of its audience to SPLIT.  But I think most people will be talking about the disappointing debut of XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE.  Yes, it did better than the non-Vin Diesel second film, but not even hitting $20 million has to be frustrating for Paramount.  I guess it proves that Diesel is going to have to stick to the Fast and Furious movies if he wants to keep working.

Next week will supposedly mark the end of the Resident Evil franchise with RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER.  All of the Resident Evil movies seem to open with about $20 million, but I’m guessing if The Final Chapter opens better, they’ll find a way to make another “final” chapter.  We were supposed to get A DOG’S PURPOSE, but the leaked video of a trainer wrestling with a dog has delayed the release indefinitely.  Everyone has their thoughts on the video, but my question is; why haven’t we heard from the trainer or seen that dog since the video was released?  I figured they would at least step forward and show that everyone is okay.  Anyway, I digress.  We also get Matthew McConaughey’s GOLD, which I think he was hoping would give him another Oscar, but no one seems to be impressed with the film.  I’m guessing RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER will take the top spot, but I’m thinking it will be a down weekend for everyone.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Split $33.7m

2. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage $19.5m

3. Hidden Figures $15.5m

4. Sing $8.9m

5. La La Land $8.1m

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $7.1m

7. Monster Trucks $5.9m

8.Patriot’s Day $5.6m

9. Sleepless $3.1m

10. The Founder $2.7m

(Deadline)

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