Three Chinese films easily took the top 3 spots while Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and La La Land were the biggest Hollywood offerings.
The three Chinese films I mentioned earlier are Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back with $82.7 million in 1st, Buddies in India with $43.7 million in 2nd and Jackie Chan’s Kong Fu Yoga with $38.3 million in 3rd. What makes those numbers even more impressive is all three films opened on Saturday, so what you’re seeing above is how much they each made in just two days. Of course that Saturday also happened to be the Chinese New Year, which explains the larger than normal numbers. Including Monday and Tuesday Kong Fu Yoga goes up to $81.2 million, Buddies in India gets $67.2 million and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back totals $131.6 million.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter made $26.8 million in 4th, climbing to $64.3 million internationally and $78.8 million worldwide. Thanks to that Resident Evil has now made over $1 billion at the box office, more than any other movie series based on a video game. Resident Evil made it to 6 movies, which is crazy considering most video game adaptations don’t make it past the 1st sequel. Even if The Final Chapter stops at $150 million worldwide (which it probably will), these films already made box office history.
La La Land rounds out the top 5 with $24.6 million. Already at $118.9 million, the musical is playing much better than I expected internationally. Currently the UK is La La Land‘s top market with $25.8 million, but South Korea isn’t that far behind ($22.3 million). Up next for La La Land are Mexico (this weekend), China (in two weeks) and Japan (end of February). Worldwide La La Land raised $226.5 million and with all the attention it seems to be getting, it should easily clear $300 million, possibly even get to $350 million. Actually $400 million is not impossible either, especially if it takes home a dozen Oscars on February 26th.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage almost made the top 5 with $24.2 million in 6th. Now Xander Cage’s international total is $89.3 million, which gets the sequel to $123.4 million worldwide. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage has yet to open in South Korea, China and Japan, so with their help (mostly China) the film could eventually make it past $200 million worldwide.
Other notable films are Sing with $23.7 million over the weekend, now at $208.9 million internationally and $466.8 million worldwide, Shyamalan’s excellent Split with $14.8 million (an early $23.7 million overseas and 102.7 million worldwide) and Disney’s Moana with $11.8 million ($293.1 million internationally, $533.4 million worldwide).