Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Split’ Defeats All New Arrivals, Including ‘Resident Evil’
Last week, Split had a huge opening and everyone noted that M. Night Shyamalan was unquestionably back. But now, in week two, it feels a little more official. The second weekend saw the film holding onto its spot at the top of the box office charts, but it also did so while dropping a percentage most movies would kill for. In other words, people like Split and are telling their friends to go see it.
|2||A Dog’s Purpose||$18,386,000||$6,010||$18,386,000|
|3||Hidden Figures||$14,000,000 (-11.0)||$4,178||$104,021,000|
|4||Resident Evil: The Final Chapter||$13,850,000||$4,462||$13,850,000|
|5||La La Land||$12,050,000 (+43.0)||$3,842||$106,509,000|
|6||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||$8,250,000 (-59.0)||$2,260||$333,487,000|
|8||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$5,124,000 (-28.9)||$2,501||$520,049,000|
|9||Monster Trucks||$4,100,000 (-42.0)||$1,643||$28,135,000|
Split made $26 million in its second weekend, a drop of only 34%. Often, genre films like this suffer enormous second weekend drops, but Split is the rare film to exceed any and all expectations in week two. It is kind of extraordinary, especially since the film was produced for only $9 million and was already considered a hit after its first weekend. At this rate, $100 million will be an easy line to cross and Shyamalan’s comeback will be officially complete. To put this in perspective, this film has made more in two weeks than The Visit made in its entire run and that was considered a box office success.
While Split reigned supreme, A Dog’s Purpose did solid business in second place, overcoming a wave of bad press to open with $18 million. That’s not an extraordinary start, but it’s a good one for a movie with a modest $22 million budget. Unless it sees a big drop-off next week — which is certainly possible — this one should be a solid hit.
You’ll have to go all the way to fourth place to find Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which opened with a paltry $13 million. That’s roughly half of what these movies have opened to over the years, even falling below the 2002 original’s $17 million opening. These movies have always been produced on modest budgets, so this one could still break even when all is said and done, but this might be the rare case where the title is actually very literal.
The weekend’s third new release, Gold, bombed in tenth place with only $3 million, an unfortunate end for a movie that was considered a possible Oscar contender at one point.
And speaking of the Oscars, every nominated film saw a boost this week. While Moonlight, Arrival, Lion, and Fences did solid business outside of the top 10, Hidden Figures and La La Land held court in third and fifth place, grossing $14 million and $12 million respectively. Both have officially crossed the $100 million mark, making them the most financially successful films to be nominated for Best Picture this year.