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


Story by Jack Foley

M NIGHT Shyamalan’s horror-thriller Split has remained at the top of the US box office for a third weekend with $14.6 million – the first time the filmmaker has claimed that victory since The Sixth Sense way back in 1999.

In what proved to be a strong weekend for horror in general, Paramount’s Rings came in second with an estimated $13 million. The franchise reboot, which revives the horror series that began in 2002 with Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (which was in itself a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring), had been hoping to top the chart but had to settle for second spot amid the continuing appeal of Shyamalan’s thriller.

Indeed, Split – starring James McVoy – is also performing well overseas, where it earned another $14.6 million for a foreign total of $44 million and a global tally of $142.7 million.

Back in the US, the weekend’s other main new release, space romance The Space Between Us, bombed. The sci-fi drama, starring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson and Gary Oldman, took $3.8 million to debut in ninth spot.

The film follows a boy who has lived on a different planet his whole life but builds a friendship online with a person on Earth. At age 16 he has the chance to go to Earth, but soon discovers he can’t survive on the planet.

Back in the top five, A Dog’s Purpose placed third with $10.8 million for a 10-day US total of $32.9 million, while historical drama Hidden Figures followed at fourth with $10.1 million for a very strong US total of $120 million.

Oscar front-runner La La Land rounded out the top five with $7.5 million from for a US total of $118 million.

Overseas, Damien Chazelle’s musical earned another $20.1 million for a foreign tally of $150 million and a global haul of $268 million.

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