Split was once again the number 1 movie at the box office, so newcomer Rings had to settle for 2nd. There’s also The Space Between Us, which bombed in 9th.
Split brought another $14.4 million in its 3rd weekend, down 43.8% from last frame. M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had a film on top for three consecutive weekends since The Sixth Sense (held the number 1 spot for 5 consecutive weekends) in 1999. No wonder he’s already working on a sequel to Split, and if you’ve seen the movie (which you should) you probably have a pretty good idea what that’s going to be about.
After 18 days in theaters Split has made $99.7 million, meaning at some point today this should clear $100 million domestically, becoming Shyamalan’s 5th film to do so (also the first of 2017). As far as where it currently ranks among the writer/director’s body of work, Split climbed to 5th after overtaking Unbreakable ($95 million) and is on its way to do the same to The Village ($114.2 million). I’d say 3rd is about as high as Split can go ($125-140 million), a spot currently held by The Last Airbender with $131.8 million.
Rings opened in 2nd with $13 million. That’s way lower than the series’ previous installment, The Ring Two back in 2005 with a $35.1 million start. Not that anyone really expected Rings to come close to that 12 years later. Also considering the abysmal reviews Rings is getting (7% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the competition from Split, I’d say $13 million is probably as good as they could hope for. From here Rings will probably go as high as $30 million in the US, so to get a return on its $25 million budget the horror will need $40-50 million internationally.
A Dog’s Purpose made $10.5 million in 3rd, down 42.3%. The drama grossed $33.2 million in 11 days and will probably stop somewhere around $50-60 million in the US.
Hidden Figures continues to show incredible box office legs, this time with $10.2 million in 4th, off by just 27.2% from last frame. On Monday Hidden Figures flew past $120 million domestically, overtaking La La Land to become the most successful of the 2017 Best Picture nominated films. And it looks like Hidden Figures might keep that spot as it heads towards $160+ million.
Once again La La Land rounds out the top 5, now with $7.4 million, down 39.7%. 60 days in La La Land has $118.8 million in the US, which is good. However the musical is falling faster than Hidden Figures so it might end up lower overall. A Best Picture win at the end of the month could maybe bring it back up, although I’m not sure it can be enough to get La La Land past $200 million, probably $170-180 million at best.
And lastly The Space Between Us bombed in 9th with $3.8 million. Even for its $30 million budget, that’s pretty bad, especially since I can’t see this going much higher than $10-12 million domestically.