‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ ‘Split’ compete for top box office returns

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Last weekend was a pretty ho-hum one at the box office, with new releases The Bye Bye Man, Monster Trucks and Sleepless all failing to take down reigning champ Hidden Figures. This weekend is shaping up to be a bit better, if not knock-your-socks-off wonderful. It is still January, after all.

A pair of new releases—M. Night Shyamalan's Split and the extreme sports-themed action threequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage—are expected to land in spots one and two. Split has the slight edge, though both films are expected to land somewhere in the low twenties. Coming in behind those two should be Hidden Figures and La La Land, both of which have been enjoying very solid runs over the last few weeks. That leaves Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to close out the top five.

This weekend’s only other new wide release is The Founder, which The Weinstein Company is dropping into approximately 1,100 theatres. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and Michael Keaton gives a standout performance, but TWC has been remarkably quiet as far as promotion is concerned. Its modest screen count will keep it out of the top ten.

A24 expands 20th Century Women nationwide; the film opened last month to positive notices, particularly regarding star Annette Bening. Out in limited release are Trespass Against Us, animation awards contender The Red Turtle and docs Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire and Strike a Pose.