Newcomers A Dog’s Purpose and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter were no match for Split‘s second weekend, meaning the latter remains the number 1 film in the US.
Split made $25.7 million in 1st, down just 35.9% from its surprising opening weekend. Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had a film drop less than 50% in its 2nd frame since The Sixth Sense back in 1999. Yeah, it’s been that long. And yes, his movies tend to fall pretty fast. In case it’s not yet clear, that 35.9% drop is very impressive, something few movies can do today. For a horror it’s almost unheard-of. After 10 days Split raised $77.4 million domestically. If it can keep this pace up Split could become Shyamalan’s 3rd highest grossing film (currently The Last Airbender with $131.8 million). That’s quite the comeback and after the dumpster fire that was After Earth, one I never thought would come. Now I’m genuinely looking forward to whatever comes next from M. Night Shyamalan.
A Dog’s Purpose opened in 2nd with $18.2 million. As far as dog movies go that’s right between Snow Dogs ($17.8 million) and Eight Below ($20.2 million). Now dog movies tend to have above average legs at the box office, so expect $60-70 million from A Dog’s Purpose in the US.
Hidden Figures had yet another strong weekend with $14 million in 3rd, down only 10.9% from last week. So far the Best Picture nominated drama has $104 million in the US and I don’t think it’s stopping anytime soon. With box office legs this strong Hidden Figures might ultimately go as high as $170 million domestically, which hopefully means we’ll see more movies like this one in the future.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter debuted to a series low $13.6 million in 4th. That’s actually pretty much even with its cousin’s start only three weeks ago, Underworld: Blood Wars ($13.7 million). Blood Wars is headed for $30 million in the US and that’s probably where The Final Chapter will stop too. As you might guess, that would also be a new low for Resident Evil. It’s not as bad as it looks, budget was low at $40 million and internationally The Final Chapter is doing okay (already made $35 million just in Japan).
La La Land rounds out the top 5 with $12.2 million, up 45.2% after expanding to 1271 more theaters, which brings the film’s current total to 3136. Now let’s see if La La Land can keep this momentum for another month. Right now the musical has $106.7 million in the US, but in time that number could grow to $180 million, possibly even $200 million.
And lastly Gold bombed in 10th with a $3.5 million debut. No Oscar love and generally below average reviews were enough to kill this Matthew McConaughey starring drama. First Live By Night and Silence two weeks ago, then The Founder last week and now Gold, all four at one point award contenders, now just high profile box office failures.