Weekend Box Office: ‘Split’ Three-peats, ‘Space Between Us’ Bombs

Feb. 3-5 Box Office

Split (Universal) stopped weak newcomers for a third week at No. 1, adding $14.5 million for a domestic total of $98.7 million. It’s probably a safe bet that M. Night Shyamalan will get to do the follow-up to the twist ending of the James McAvoy-fronted thriller.

Shyamalan’s horror-thriller has beaten out new releases, Paramount’s Rings, STX Entertainment’s The Space Between Us and Sony’s The Comedian over relatively slow Super Bowl weekend with an estimated $13 million from 2,931 theaters.

Rings, the latest take on Japan’s beloved Ringu horror series, won the box office on Friday but fell behind to second place over the weekend. Starring Matilda Lutz, Vincent D’Onofrio, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Alex Roe, and Bonnie Morgan, the F. Javier Gutierrez-helmed film received a C- CinemaScore from audiences.

A Dog’s Purpose ($10.8 million), Hidden Figures ($10.1 million) and La La Land ($7.4 million) filled out the rest of the top five as the weekend’s other new wide-release, The Space Between Us, bombed with a tepid $3.8 million from 2,812 theaters and coming in at No. 9. The Peter Chelsom-directed sci-fi romance stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson. Space cost $30 million to produce.

Sony’s The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann, didn’t perform well either. Directed by Taylor Hackford, the dramedy pulled less than $1 million on 838 screens over the weekend. Here’s the Feb. 3-5 box office estimates:

1. Split — $14.5 million ($98.7 mil.)
2. Rings — $13 million
3. A Dog’s Purpose — $10.8 million ($32.9 mil.)
4. Hidden Figures — $10.1 million ($119.4 mil.)
5. La La Land — $7.4 million ($118.3 mil.)
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — $4.5 million ($21.8 mil.)
7. Sing — $4.08 million ($262.9 mil.)
8. Lion — $4 million ($24.7 mil.)
9. The Space Between Us — $3.8 million
10. xXx: Return of Xander Cage — $3.7 million ($40 mil.)

Meanwhile, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro got off to a solid start with $709,500 from 43 screens for an estimated per-screen average of $16,500.

Next weekend brings three major big studio releases – Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Batman Movie, Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter Two, and Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker, and the new leader will surely be named.

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