'Split' repeats, beats out newcomers 'A Dog’s Purpose,' 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'

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M. Night Shyamalan's Split continues its lucrative box office run, a mere 34.3% drop bringing its second weekend gross to $26.2 million. Worldwide, the film has brought in $101.6 million so far, earning back its reported $9 million budget more than ten times over. 

Coming in in second place was fellow Universal title A Dog’s Purpose, which hit a bump in the road a few days before release when a video surfaced of a dog allegedly being abused on-set. Still, the video didn’t have that much of an impact, as A Dog’s Purpose delivered on expectations with an $18.3 million opening. An A CinemaScore indicates that earnings should keep trucking along in the coming weeks.

New release Resident Evil: The Final Chapter wasn’t quite so successful, its $13.8 million opening landing it behind holdover Hidden Figures (weekend gross $14 million, total gross $104 million) and out of the top three. The Final Chapter gives the Resident Evil franchise its lowest opening by a fairly sizable margin; the first Resident Evil movie, now the second-lowest opener, debuted to $17.7 million back in 2002. Still, the franchise tends to do pretty well internationally, and that continues to be the case here; in foreign markets, The Final Chapter has brought in $64.5 million so far, more than earning back the film’s budget and opening the door for a possible Resident Evil 7.

Rounding out the top five was La La Land (weekend gross $12 million, total gross $106.5 million), which added 1,271 screens and saw its gross go up 43% as a result. And all the way down at spot number ten we have poor, poor Gold, which opened on 2,166 screens and sunk into obscurity with a $3.4 million opening. Its $1,602 per-theatre average is the lowest for any of this weekend’s films playing on 2,000+ screens. By contrast, the weekend’s highest per-theatre average belongs to The Salesman, which opened to $71,071 on three screens. The Cohen Media Group release got a double recognition bump this week: first when it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, second when director Asghar Farhadi and lead actress Taraneh Alidoosti announced their intention to boycott the ceremony in response to President Trump's new travel ban.

Also out in limited release were Raees ($1.8 million on 265 screens), Un Padre No Tan Padre ($1 million on 312 screens), Buddies in India ($190,000 on 55 screens) and Kung Fu Yoga ($112,300 on 14 screens).