Weekend Box Office: January 20 - 22, 2017

M. Night Shyamalan has been in a bit of a slump for the last seven years. Ten years if you agree that The Last Airbender was an embarassment despite its $131 million domestic haul. But this weekend audiences had a chance to forget Shyamalan the writer/director of The Happening and After Earth, and remember Shyamalan the writer/director of Signs and The Sixth Sense.

Shyamalan's latest offering, Split, debuted at number one with $40 million, one of the higher openings for a January release (one of only 5 to top the $40 million mark), his best start since The Last Airbender in 2010 and his first number one movie since The Village in 2004.

After a 15 year break Vin Diesel returned to the role of Xander Cage for a third installation in the xXx franchise. The subtly namedxXx: The Return of Xander Cage was a gamble, given that the last movie in the series (xXx: State of the Union, which replaced Diesel with Ice Cube in the main character role) tanked hard, earning just $26 million domestic, less than the $44 million the original xXx made on its opening weekend.

The Return of Xander Cage opened in second place with $20 million against an $85 million production. With international sales it looks to do a little better than break even, but given the luke warm turn out there isn't likely to be a fourth entry.

Michael Keaton's turn as the man who gave the United States McDonalds and, arguably, the start of an obesity problem, debuted this weekend. The Founder, a biopic on Ray Kroc's mission to bring fast food to the masses, opened in just 1,110 venues but still managed to pull in $3 million for a ninth place start. That's not exactly the sort of resounding welcome that precedes a wider release, but with a modest $7 million budget Weinstein might need the push to get its first release of 2017 out of the red.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone opened in 850+ venues, but only banked $1,500 per location for an 18th place $1.3 million start. That's not bad for a movie filmed on a shoe-string $2 million budget, but far short of others in the faith-based format, like Heaven is for Real and War Room.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Weekend Box Office: January 20 - 22, 2017
1. Split * $40,190,000 Total: $40,190,000
LW: N
THTRS: 3,038
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage * $20,000,000 Total: $20,000,000
LW: N
THTRS: 3,651
3. Hidden Figures $16,250,000 Total: $84,238,751
LW: 1
THTRS: 3,416
4. Sing $9,036,530 Total: $249,361,725
LW: 3
THTRS: 3,193
5. La La Land $8,350,000 Total: $89,680,497
LW: 2
THTRS: 1,865
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $7,036,000 Total: $512,201,563
LW: 5
THTRS: 2,603
7. Monster Trucks $7,000,000 Total: $22,612,000
LW: 7
THTRS: 3,119
8. Patriots Day $6,000,000 Total: $23,639,945
LW: 6
THTRS: 3,120
9. The Founder * $3,758,000 Total: $3,759,266
LW: N
THTRS: 1,115
10. Sleepless $3,706,444 Total: $15,193,348
LW: 8
THTRS: 1,803
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