Box Office: ‘Split’ Beats ‘Dog’s Purpose’ Tallies $26-M, ‘Gold’ DOA
$CMSCA, $FOX, $SNE, $LGF, $AMZN, $VIA
Gold’ is worst wide opening of Matthew McConaughey’s career in a leading role, ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ lead the pack of Oscar Best-Picture contenders enjoying a bump from the Statue Noms.
A Dog’s Purpose came in behind expectations over the weekend with a bow of $18.3-M from 3,058 theaters at the North American box office.
M. Night Shyamalan’s sleeper hit Split fell just 36% in its 2nd frame to $26.3- for a domestic box office of $78-M. The horror film easily stayed #1 for Blumhouse and Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA)
The film appealed to pet lovers of all ages, earning an A CinemaScore.
The pic skewed female (56%), while 47 percent of ticket buyers were families. Overseas, it debuted to $5-M for a global launch of $23.4-M.
A number of films that scored top Oscar Noms Tuesday saw a bump, led by best picture contenders Hidden Figures and La La Land, both of which passed the $100-M mark in North America at the weekend.
Hidden Figures, from Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment, came in # 3 in its 6th weekend with $14-M from 3,351 theaters for a domestic box office take of $104-M.
Sony and Screen Gems’ new entry Resident Evil: The Final Chapter followed at #4 with a projected $13.8-M from 3,104 theaters. The film expects to do the majority of its business overseas, where it won the weekend with $28.3-M from 44 markets for a foreign total of $64.5-M and a global box office of $78.3-M
Rounding out the Top 5 domestically was La La Land, which upped its theater count from 1,800 theaters to 3,136 after scoring a record-tying 14 Oscar Noms. The Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) musical earned $12.1-M for a North American take of $106.5-M. Overseas, it earned another $23.4-M from 73 markets for a foreign haul of $117.1-M and globally $223.5-M.
Placing # 10 in its North American debut, Stephen Gaghan’s Gold bombed with $3.4-M from 2,166 theaters, marking the worst wide opening of Matthew McConaughey’s career
Elsewhere: Lion has earned a total $19.8-M to date, Manchester by the Sea (Amazon/Raodside) earned a pleasing $2-M from 1,168 theaters for a domestic box office of $41.5-M, followed by Arrival (Paramount) with $1.5-M from 1,221 theaters for a total $97.3-M; Moonlight (A24) with $1.5-M from 1,104 theaters for a total $17-M; and Fences (Paramount) with $1.4-M from 808 theaters for a total $50.8-M.
At the specialty box office
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar nominated The Salesman scored the top location average of the weekend for any film when opening to $71,071 from three theaters for a location average of $23,690. The movie debuted in New York and Los Angeles.
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