Weekend Box Office Report: Split opens big, xXx 3 faceplants

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I think it’s safe to say that M. Night Shyamalan is back. Technically he was already back with 2015’s The Visit, which received solid reviews and went on to gross $100 million worldwide off just a $5 million budget, but Split is different though. While many people didn’t even know that he had helmed The Visit, Split is a Shyamalan movie through and through, and really is a massive return to form for the once derided filmmaker. And I’m not just talking about its critical achievements.

Split opened in the US in the top spot on the box office charts with a very impressive debut just over the $40 million mark. The movie cost just $10 million to make, most of which was self financed by Shymalan. Internationally it added another $5.8 million to that domestic total, meaning that Split is already a pretty big financial success. With its sizzling buzz though, we’re likely to see that number grow by quite a bit over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s return to the role of adrenaline junkie secret agent Xander Cage in the third xXx film wasn’t so much extreme as it was… just okay. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage actually performed just a little behind pundits’ already meager predictions, opening with just $20 million domestically. It seems US folks were rather meh on a sequel that nobody had really been asking for. Internationally Diesel’s latest got a bit of a warmer reception though, as it took in an additional $50 million from 53 markets, but that still leaves it short of its $85 million budget.

Meanwhile the final newcomer on the charts this week, found itself in a rather poor position. The Founder, which sees Michael Keaton in biopic mode as the swindling businessman that started the McDonalds’ empire, could just scrape together $3.75 million. Ouch. Luckily it only has a $7 million production budget to overcome.

The other real major story on the charts though is break out hit Hidden Figures still staying strong after five weeks, adding another $16.5 million to bring its total just shy of $85 million. Meanwhile, as predicted last week, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has now officially crossed the $1 billion mark.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

  • 01. Split (NE)

Weekend gross: $40.19 million
Percentage change: NA
Domestic gross: $40.19 million
Worldwide gross: $45.99 million

  • 02. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (NE)

Weekend gross: $20 million
Percentage change: NA
Domestic gross: $20 million
Worldwide gross: $50.5 million

  • 03. Hidden Figures (LW: 1)

Weekend gross: $16.25 million
Percentage change: -22.1%
Domestic gross: $84.23 million
Worldwide gross: NA

  • 04. Sing (LW: 5)

Weekend gross: $9.03 million
Percentage change: -36.5%
Domestic gross: $249.36 million
Worldwide gross: $421.96 million

  • 05. La La Land (LW: 5)

Weekend gross: $8.35 million
Percentage change: -42.5%
Domestic gross: $89.68 million
Worldwide gross: $173.38 million

  • 06. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (LW: 5)

Weekend gross: $7.03 million
Percentage change: -47.8%%
Domestic gross: $512.2 million
Worldwide gross: $1.01 billion

  • 07. Monster Trucks (LW: 7)

Weekend gross: $7 million
Percentage change: -36.1%
Domestic gross: $22.61 million
Worldwide gross: $41.91 million

  • 08. Patriots Day (LW: 6)

Weekend gross: $6 million
Percentage change: -48.3%%
Domestic gross: $23.63 million
Worldwide gross: $25.99 million

  • 09. The Founder (NE)

Weekend gross: $3.75 million
Percentage change: NA
Domestic gross: $3.75 million
Worldwide gross: NA

  • 10. Sleepless (LW: 8)

Weekend gross: $3.7 million
Percentage change: -55.6%
Domestic gross: $15.19 million
Worldwide gross: NA

There were a couple of big drops on the charts this week as The Bye Bye Man and Underworld: Blood Wars both plummeted out of the top 10, both with massive 73% drops in income.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

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