Subscribe To Weekend Box Office: Split Holds Top Spot, A Dog's Purpose Opens With A Whimper Updates
Three new wide-release movies saw domestic openings this weekend, but none came close to unseating last weekend's champ.
M. Night Shyamalan's Split held the number one spot with a strong $26 million second weekend. The horror movie is already well into profit territory against its $9 million budget, but more importantly its continuing to build the kind of critical buzz that Shyamalan needs at this point in his career.
A Dog's Purpose settled for a distant second place, banking $18 million against a $22 million budget. The moderate success suggests that a movie can still overcome poor reviews and a little bit of animal handling scandal if it has lots of tear jerking moments involving puppies.
The Resident Evil franchise saw its sixth installation hit theaters with a rocky start. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter debuted in fourth place with $13 million, the lowest ever start for the franchise and the only movie since the first Resident Evil to debut below $20 million.
Matthew McConaughey's latest offering barely eeked out a spot in the top ten. Gold landed in tenth place with $3 million. Critics haven't been particularly excited about the movie either, suggesting that no matter how good McConaughey's performance is, no one is ready to watch him sport the balding mullet.
Two Oscar nominees for Best Picture punched past the $100 million mark this weekend. La La Land, now in its seventh weekend in the top ten, expanded from 1,800 venues to over 3,000 and enjoyed a jump to $12 million for the weekend for a $106 million domestic total. Hidden Figures held third place this weekend, adding $14 million to hit $104 million.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: