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Weekend Box Office Report: January 20-22, 2017

01.22.2017

Audiences unite for Split!

Moviegoers were interested in joining James McAvoy and his numerous personalities this weekend, putting SPLIT on top at the box office with an estimated $40.1 million!

That's the best opening for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan since the $40.3 million start of THE LAST AIRBENDER in 2006. Shyamalan's previous release, the low-budget horror movie THE VISIT, opened with $25.4 million in 2015 and ended up with nearly $100 million worldwide.

Shyamalan's new PG-13 abduction thriller, which also features THE WITCH star Anya Taylor-Joy, reportedly cost less than $10 million to make. Critics were mostly receptive to the filmmaker's latest effort with a 76% average on Rotten Tomatoes (check out the JoBlo review HERE).

Vin Diesel's espionage agent came back for more high-flying EXTREME activities, but xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE had to settle for second place with an opening of $20 million.

The PG-13 action movie made less than half of XXX's $44 million opening back in 2002, and opened with a fraction of the typical chapter in the FAST AND FURIOUS series (FURIOUS 7 started with $147 million). But Diesel's stunt-loving spy did come out just ahead of his third franchise character -- RIDDICK opened with $19 million in 2013.

xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, this time from director D.J. Caruso (EAGLE EYE), cost a reported $85 million and has earned an additional $50.5 million from international crowds. The chases and explosions didn't excite the majority of critics with 42% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

Last weekend's winner HIDDEN FIGURES was bumped to third place with $16.2 million on its third weekend in wide release. With a domestic total of $84.2 million so far, the fact-based NASA drama with Taraji Henson and Octavia Spencer now seems destined to rocket past $100 million in the next couple of weeks.

The musical animals of SING were in fourth place with $9 million for a domestic total of $249.3 million, giving the animated release (from DESPICABLE ME creators Illumination Entertainment) the weird honor of being the highest-grossing movie never to hold the #1 position at the box office.

Oscars hopeful LA LA LAND continued its strong performance with $8.3 million for fifth place. The $30 million Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling musical now has a worldwide total of $173.3 million.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY was in sixth place with $7 million as the standalone spinoff has now soared beyond $1 billion worldwide. MONSTER TRUCKS held onto seventh place with $7 million, surprisingly losing only 36% of business from its opening last weekend. Mark Wahlberg's Boston Marathon bombing account PATRIOT'S DAY was in eighth with $6 million, down 48% after its wide expansion last week.

Opening in ninth place was the new burger biopic THE FOUNDER with $3.7 million. The Michael Keaton-starring McDonald's origin story cost a reported $7 million and was released on 1100 screens. Critics gladly took a big bite with 82% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review can be found HERE).

The Jamie Foxx thriller SLEEPLESS was at the bottom of the list with $3.7 million. The R-rated remake of Belgian crime-drama SLEEPLESS NIGHT dropped by 55% from last week's opening for a domestic total of $15.1 million.

Outside the chart, THE BYE BYE MAN said his name after one week in the Top 10, leaving along with PASSENGERS and UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS. Disney's MOANA has crossed $500 million worldwide, while the drama 20TH CENTURY WOMEN expanded to 650 locations for a $1.4 million weekend as Martin Scorses's religious drama SILENCE continues to struggle for attention.

Next weekend finishes up the Milla Jovovich videogame-movie franchise with RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, Matthew McConaughey is digging for GOLD, and we learn about A DOG'S PURPOSE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Split $40.1 M
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2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage $20 M
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3. Hidden Figures $16.2 M $84.2 M
4. Sing $9 M $249.3 M
5. La La Land $8.3 M $89.6 M
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $7 M $512.2 M
7. Monster Trucks $7 M $22.6 M
8. Patriot's Day $6 M $23.6 M
9. The Founder $3.7 M
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10. Sleepless $3.7 M $15.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:50AM on 01/23/2017
Wow, looks like M.Night is back on top form again. Good for him.
Wow, looks like M.Night is back on top form again. Good for him.
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6:22PM on 01/22/2017
A long hard road to redemption for Shyamalan! Really enjoyed Split, McAvoy was fantastic. That scene before the end credits really brought everything together for me. I hope he continues this streak.
A long hard road to redemption for Shyamalan! Really enjoyed Split, McAvoy was fantastic. That scene before the end credits really brought everything together for me. I hope he continues this streak.
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6:05PM on 01/22/2017
Happy for Split, not only because it was good movie but an original film. Not a sequel, remake, or adaptation.
Happy for Split, not only because it was good movie but an original film. Not a sequel, remake, or adaptation.
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5:05PM on 01/22/2017
I'm really happy for M Night. He's made a very nice comeback. He never gave up, and has made a nice string of hits by exec producing Wayward Pines, Writing/Directing The Visit, and doing it again with Split.
I'm really happy for M Night. He's made a very nice comeback. He never gave up, and has made a nice string of hits by exec producing Wayward Pines, Writing/Directing The Visit, and doing it again with Split.
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3:28PM on 01/22/2017
Split was a great movie. McAvoy was awesome. And the twist was amazing.
Split was a great movie. McAvoy was awesome. And the twist was amazing.
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3:23PM on 01/22/2017

He Still Had it In Him

It's been a long road back for Shyamalan, but he finally found his way back. Word of mouth on this seems to be good, too, so I think his reputation is actually starting to be repaired. If he can nail the next one, too, that may seal the deal with general audiences.
It's been a long road back for Shyamalan, but he finally found his way back. Word of mouth on this seems to be good, too, so I think his reputation is actually starting to be repaired. If he can nail the next one, too, that may seal the deal with general audiences.
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5:47PM on 01/22/2017
He's found his niche again. Now it's creepy low budget horror. Not exactly the same as when he started out, but at a minimum he's realized blockbusters arent for him.
He's found his niche again. Now it's creepy low budget horror. Not exactly the same as when he started out, but at a minimum he's realized blockbusters arent for him.
3:08PM on 01/22/2017
Good for Split. Fun, and solid psychological thriller with an twist ending that really pushed it to another level. It's nice to know that you can still go to the movies and still be legitimately surprised once and awhile in terms of storytelling without being spoiled (this and Arrival comes to mind).

And it's too bad the Founder wasn't promoted more for its release. Would have been another nice showcase for Keaton to gather another Oscar nomination.
Good for Split. Fun, and solid psychological thriller with an twist ending that really pushed it to another level. It's nice to know that you can still go to the movies and still be legitimately surprised once and awhile in terms of storytelling without being spoiled (this and Arrival comes to mind).

And it's too bad the Founder wasn't promoted more for its release. Would have been another nice showcase for Keaton to gather another Oscar nomination.
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