Split‘s time at the top continues for the third weekend in a row! M. Night Shyamalan’s Split has remained #1 at the box office. With Split, Shyamalan has had his most critically and financially successful film in recent years. Totaling over $100 million at the box office now, it’s proven to be an unexpected win for the director’s filmography. The film has also proven to be steady competition for other premiering films, reigning supreme over films in their first weekend like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Return of Xander Cage, and now this weekend’s Rings. It seems like Shyamalan may have gotten his groove back both with audiences and critics. Audiences can now expect to see more Shyamalan as studios will be more confident in his abilities to deliver a satisfying movie-going experience.
The big premieres of the weekend included Paramount’s Rings and STX Entertainment’s sci-fi love story The Space Between Us. Rings performed somewhat disappointingly with a debut of $13,002,632, landing them the #2 spot on the weekend box office rankings. The Space Between Us didn’t favor as well, earning $3,775,596 and a #9 placement. Troubled by numerous release date delays and poor critical reception, Rings isn’t off to a great start. If the film can’t rebound from this initial funk, then the Ring series may be put to rest.
In terms of the Top Five movies of the weekend, the rankings are as follows:
Movie Name: Weekend Numbers, Total Gross
1. Split: $14,424,195, $98,540,660
2. Rings: $13,002,632, $13,002,632
3. A Dog’s Purpose: $10,509,170, $32,610,435
4. Hidden Figures: $10,189,588, $119,491,683
5. La La Land: $7,372,066, $118,228,990
Movie Recommendation of the Week: If you’re a fan of biopics, then The Founder will be a worthy film to check out. An award-worthy performance from Michael Keaton and an engaging story help strengthen the film. It may not have the weirdness and aesthetic that Birdman had, but the film still allows Keaton to shine in that lead role. The movie tells the story of the founder of McDonalds and how he became such a major success in the business world. Be sure to check it out.