Weekend Box Office: ‘Split’ Beats ‘Return of Xander Cage’ with $40 Million

Weekend Box Office

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (Universal Pictures) debuted to $40 million in ticket sales over Inauguration Weekend.

The film, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 23 distinct personalities, doubled Vin Diesel‘s launch of xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Paramount Pictures), which came in second place with $20 million. Shyamalan’s wickedly entertaining thriller was made for less than $10 million and is his third biggest opening weekend ever, behind Signs and The Village. The film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and earned $5.8 million in 20 territories.

Directed by D.J. Caruso, Diesel’s latest action flick was made for $85 million and co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Toni Collette. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences and has grossed $50.5 million internationally.

20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures dropped a spot to third with $16.2 million, followed by Illumination-Universal‘s Sing with $9 million and Damien Chazelle’s record seven-time Golden Globe winner La La Land (Lionsgate) with $8.3 million.

1. Split — $40 million
2. xXx: Return of Xander Cage — $20 million
3. Hidden Figures — $16.2 million ($84.2 mil.)
4. Sing — $9 million ($249.4 mil.)
5. La La Land — $8.3 million ($89.6 mil.)
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — $7.03 million ($512.2 mil.)
7. Monster Trucks — $7 million ($22.6 mil.)
8. Patriots Day — $6 million ($23.6 mil.)
9. The Founder — $3.8 million
10. Sleepless — $3.7 million ($15.1 mil.)

The disappointing flop this weekend is Michael Keaton’s The Founder (The Weinstein Co.). John Lee Hancock’s biopic about the founding of McDonald’s debuted domestically and took in $3.8 million from 1,100 theaters. The film earned generally strong reviews, however, and has an 83 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

In box office milestones, Disney and Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has entered the esteemed Billion Dollar Club for movies that have crossed $1 billion worldwide.