With Super Bowl weekend slowing movie attendance down a bit, Universal held on to the top spot for a third weekend with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split — his first film to hold the spot three weeks in a row since The Sixth Sense in 1999! By the next weekend, Split will be his fifth film to cross the $100 million mark, not bad for someone who was virtually written off after a string of costly flops. The weekend total of $14.4 million, down just 44% from last week, brings the domestic total to $98.5 million. The cumulative foreign gross of $43.3 million gives the film a global total of $141.9 million — against a $9 million dollar budget.
Of the newcomers, the long-delayed horror sequel Rings managed to scare up a second place finish while facing reviews even more frightening than the film itself. The $13 million domestic opening (on 2,931 screens) is the worst ever for the trilogy. Paramount knew they had a dog on their hands after moving the date at least twice and forcing critics who did see the film early to hold reviews until Friday morning. Never a good sign. Internationally, the film earned $15.5 million for a global total of $28.5 million. The film’s budget is reported to be in the $25 million area.
Another delayed release, The Space Between Us, barely cracked the Top Ten earning just $3.7 million for ninth place, just about $15,000 more than tenth place Lion, which added 830 screens and saw an increase of 60%. Industry insiders had predicted an $8-$10 million opening, but after a blitz of screenings back in November and then a move away from awards season to February, the writing was already on the wall for this one, at least with critics. Audiences who did see the film graded it an A-. The $30 million sci-fi drama did not open in foreign markets.
All of the other Top Ten films saw drops ranging from 27% (Hidden Figures) to 65% (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter). Resident Evil slipped two spots to Number 6 with $4.7 million, bringing the $40 million sci-fi/horror thriller to $22 million domestically. Overseas the film has earned a total of $95.6 million for a global total of $117.6 million. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage slipped 55% in its third week, down two spots to Number 8 with $3.8 million. It’s another red mark for Paramount as the film is less than halfway, domestically, to making back its $85 million budget. Overseas the film has pulled in $112.9 million for a global $153.1 million total.
A Dog’s Purpose got a bit of redemption heading into the weekend with the release of a report from the American Humane Society that concluded the leaked video showing an incident of alleged animal abuse was faked, edited in such a way as to give that impression and released right before the film opened in an effort to harm the film’s box office performance. The film added 119 screens this week, helping its performance by dropping just 42% for a $10.5 million weekend. It’s unknown if the news will help the film’s performance in the long run.
Hidden Figures added 50 screens and dropped just 27%, down one spot to Number 4 with $10.1 million. La La Land added 100 screens, dropped 40%, but stayed put at Number 5 with $7.3 million. And Rogue One: A Star Wars Story left the Top Ten in its eighth week of release with nearly $3 million. It’s domestic total now stands at $524.6 million with a global total of $1.04 billion.
The February 10 releases may shake things up in the Top Ten with Fifty Shades Darker, John Wick: Chapter 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie opening in wide release.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the weekend of February 3.
2. [N] Rings – $13,002,632 [NEW]
3.  A Dog’s Purpose – $10,509,170 [$32,610,435]
6.  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – $4,701,302 [$22,053,077]
8.  xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – $3,875,479 [$40,200,366]
9. [N] The Space Between Us – $3,775,596 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo