Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ With $40.2-M

Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ With $40.2-M

Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ With $40.2-M

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Over this Inauguration Weekend ‘The Founder’ and ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ faltered, ‘Xander Cage’ won the foreign race with $50.5-M and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ crossee $1-B globally.

Horror ruled the Inauguration Weekend domestic box office.

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest horror-thriller, Split, topped the chart after trumping the competition with a far-better-than-expected $40.2-M from 3,015 theaters in another victory for Blumhouse Productions and Universal’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) partnership.

Split, is the story of a kidnapper with 24 personalities, was fueled by younger moviegoers, 52% of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, while 52% of ticket buyers were females. The film earned strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, is rated PG-13.

Split for less than $10-M and self-financed it in order to retain creative control, similar to 2015’s The Visit, likewise from Blumhouse and Universal.

Overseas, Split opened to $5.8-M from its 1st foreign markets.

Vin Diesel’s extreme action pic xXx: The Return of Xander Cage came in at # 2 in North America with $20-M from 3,600 locations, including Imax (NYSE:IMAX) runs. It was a different story overseas, where the movie topped the chart with $50.5-M from its first 53 markets.

Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) and Revolution Studios hope to revive the long-dormant series with Xander Cage. The film earned an A- CinemaScore. Paramount put up roughly 50% of the $85-M budget, with the rest coming from outside partners, including former investors in Revolution.

Michael Keaton’s The Founder and Christian dramedy The Resurrection of Gavin Stone opened soft.

The Founder, a biopic about McDonald’s impresario Ray Kroc, took in $3.8-M from 1,100 theaters. The Weinstein Co., which is distributing the FilmNation movie in the US, is hopeful that the pic will garner an Oscar nominations Tuesday following an awards qualifying run in December. The Founder earned strong reviews.

From Walden Media and  WWE Studios’ The Resurrection of Gavin Stone got just $1.4-M from 1,000 theaters.

Among the holdovers

Fox’s Hidden Figures and Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) La La Land both remained strong.

Hidden Figures, which had won the past 2 weekends, came #3 with $16.2-M from 3,416 theaters for a domestic box office take of  of $84-M.

Universal’s animated hit Sing followed at #4 with with $9-M from 2,494 locations for a domestic take of $239.4-M and a global box office of $428-M.

La La Land came in at # 5 with $8.4-M from 1,865 cinemas, putting its domestic take at about $90-M. Overseas, it shined with a foreign gross of $83.7-M and a global for a global box office of $173.7-M. La La Land will expand again Friday following Tuesday’s Oscar Noms.

At # 6, Lucasfilm and Disney’s (NSE:DIS) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story added $7-M for a domestic take of $512.2-M and a global box office of $1.011-B.

And 3 movies that bombed last weekend failed continue to disappoint

Paramount’s big-budget CGI/live-action hybrid Monster Trucks came in # 7 with $7-M for a domestic total of $22.6-M

Ben Affleck’s Live by Night, from Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) dove 65% to $1.8-M for a domestic box office of $9.5-M, placing #15.

And Martin Scorsese’s Silence fell out of the Top 20, grossing $1.2-M from an expanded theater count of 1,580 for a domestic take of $5.2-M for Paramount.

At the specialty box office

A24 and Annapurna Pictures’ awards hopeful 20th Century Women made a push, upping its theater count from 20 locations to more than 600 in advance of the Oscar Noms announcement. The specialty film grossed a soft $1.4-M for an early total of $2.3-M.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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