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M Night Shyamalan's Split remains on top in US for a second weekend


Story by Jack Foley

M NIGHT Shyamalan’s Split has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend with $26.3 million.

The horror-thriller, starring James McAvoy, has been generating some of the best reviews of the filmmaker’s career in recent times, with many hailing it as a return to the kind of form he first exhibited with early films The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.

It meant that Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose had to settle for second spot, with $18.3 million, after being dogged by the controversy over a leaked video showing a dog in distress on the set of the film. The film had, however, been tracking in the $24 million range prior to the controversy breaking.

Another new entry, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, also managed only fourth spot with a projected $13.8 million. But then the sixth instalment in the franchise expects to do the majority of its business overseas, where it won the weekend with $28.3 million from 44 markets for a foreign total of $64.5 million and global total of $78.3 million.

The figures were welcomed by Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer, who commented: “It’s doing extraordinarily overseas, where it has earned north of $35 million in Japan alone.”

The news was much, much worse for Matthew McConaughey, however, who suffered another bomb with Gold. Placing tenth, Stephen Gaghan’s real-life drama mustered only $3.4 million to mark the worst wide opening of McConaughey’s career.

The remainder of the US top five was occupied by Oscar contenders, which received an expected bump from last week’s nominations.

Hence, historical drama Hidden Figures took third spot Hidden in its sixth weekend with roughly $14 million for a strong US total of $104 million.

While Oscar favourite La La Land, which upped its cinema count from 1,800 venues to 3,136 after scoring a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, earned $12.1 million for a US total of $106.5 million.

Overseas, it earned another $23.4 million for a foreign tally of $117.1 million and a stellar global showing of $223.5 million.

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