Shya­malan’s ‘Split’ leads box of­fice for third week­end

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - BY JAKE COYLE THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

M. Night Shya­malan’s mul­ti­ple-per­son­al­ity thriller “Split” led the box of­fice for a third-straight week, an un­usual streak for a low-bud­get hor­ror film.

Ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day, “Split” came out on top again with $14.6 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can ticket sales, bring­ing the Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures re­lease’s three-week haul to $98.7 mil­lion.

The run for the Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures re­lease has come in an es­pe­cially slow pe­riod at mul­ti­plexes. Hol­ly­wood tra­di­tion­ally skips sig­nif­i­cant new re­leases on Su­per Bowl week­end due to the game’s enor­mous tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

Surely hurt by the con­tin­ued strength of “Split,” Para­mount’s hor­ror op­tion, “Rings,” came in sec­ond with an es­ti­mated $13 mil­lion. The se­quel was an at­tempted re­vival the dor­mant fran­chise be­gun with 2002’s “The Ring” and fol­lowed up with 2005’s “The Ring Two.”

That re­lease, though, opened with $35.1 mil­lion. Like “In­de­pen­dence Day Resur­gence,” ”Bad Santa 2“and many more, ”Rings“served as yet an­other ques­tion­able de­ci­sion to recharge a fran­chise long out of the­atres. It cost a rel­a­tively min­i­mal $25 mil­lion to make and pulled in $15.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally over the week­end. But it won’t come close to the $249.3 mil­lion the first in­stall­ment made glob­ally, or the $161.5 mil­lion ”The Ring Two“made.

The week­end’s other de­but, “The Space Be­tween Us,” flopped al­to­gether. The STX En­ter­tain­ment re­lease, star­ring Asa But­ter­field as a boy who comes to Earth af­ter be­ing raised by as­tro­nauts on Mars, made a mere $3.8 mil­lion. It cost $30 mil­lion to make.

Uni­ver­sal’s “A Dog’s Pur­pose” came in third with $10.8 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end. Au­di­ences have largely shrugged off the out­cry over a leaked video from the film’s pro­duc­tion of a fright­ened Ger­man shep­herd be­ing urged into churn­ing wa­ter.

On Satur­day, the group re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing an­i­mal safety on the set, Amer­i­can Humane, re­leased find­ings from an in­de­pen­dent an­i­mal-cru­elty ex­pert. The uniden­ti­fied vet­eri­nar­ian said the video mis­char­ac­ter­ized the events on the set, though the vet ac­knowl­edged the dog should have been han­dled more gen­tly in the scene shown in the video.

Sev­eral Os­car con­tenders con­tin­ued to pad their totals. “Hid­den Fig­ures” earned $10.1 mil­lion for a sev­en­week to­tal of $119.4 mil­lion. “La La Land” added $7.5 mil­lion to bring its do­mes­tic to­tal to $118.3 mil­lion in nine weeks of re­lease. And “Lion” took in $4 mil­lion in its 11th week for a cu­mu­la­tive to­tal of $24.7 mil­lion.

“La La Land,” in par­tic­u­lar, is do­ing ex­cep­tional busi­ness world­wide. The best-pic­ture favourite made $20.1 mil­lion over­seas on the week­end, bring­ing its global haul to nearly $270 mil­lion.

More box of­fice was found in China, where Chi­nese New Year ti­tles like “Kung Fu Yoga,” ”Jour­ney to the West: De­mons Strike Back“and ”Duck­weed“took in sums that dwarfed the North Amer­i­can mar­ket.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Cana­dian the­atres, ac­cord­ing to com­Score. Where avail­able, the lat­est in­ter­na­tional num­bers also are in­cluded. Fi­nal three-day do­mes­tic fig­ures will be re­leased Mon­day. 1. “Split,” $14.6 mil­lion ($14.6 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). 2. “Rings,” $13 mil­lion ($15.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). 3. “A Dog’s Pur­pose,” $10.8 mil­lion. 4. “Hid­den Fig­ures,” $10.1 mil­lion. 5. “La La Land,” $7.5 mil­lion. 6. “Res­i­dent Evil: The Fi­nal Chap­ter,” $4.5 mil­lion. 7. “Sing,” $4.1 mil­lion. 8. “Lion,” $4 mil­lion. 9. “The Space Be­tween Us,” $3.8 mil­lion.

10. “xXx: The Re­turn of Xander Cage,” $3.7 mil­lion ($12.4 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

AP PHOTO

This im­age re­leased by Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures shows James McAvoy in a scene from, “Split.”

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