After a serious losing streak, M. Night Shyamalan has bounced back with his second hit in a row. His latest, Split, finished in first place with $40 million, about ten times its rumored budget. Split in now the fifth largest January opening of all time, just about $40,000 behind Cloverfield. The film’s performance is also an improvement over Shyamalan’s last hit, The Visit, which opened with $25.4 million. Split also opened in 20 overseas markets earning an estimated $5.8 million. It will continue to roll out internationally into 40 more markets over the next few months. It’s combined global total is just a few thousand shy of $50 million.
Opening in second place was Vin Diesel’s return to the xXx franchise, scoring $20.1 million, delivering about what was expected. In international markets, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage earned $50.5 million, bringing the global total for the $85 million flick to $70.5 million. It opened at Number 1 in 32 of its 53 markets. Michael Keaton starring vehicle The Founder brought in $3.4 million, good for eleventh place. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone took nineteenth place with $1.2 million.
With two newbies taking over the top two spots, the rest of the Top Ten saw a lot of shifting of positions. Adding 130 screens, the previous two weeks’ Number 1 Hidden Figures dropped to third place with $15.7 million (-24.6%). Domestically, the $25 million hit has earned a total of $83.7 million. La La Land added 17 screens, but slipped to Number 5 with $8.4 million (-42%). The $30 million awards darling has a domestic total of $89.7 million.
Three films took major hits. Patriots Day dropped 50.5% from the previous week, slipping two spots to Number 8 with $5.7 million. In its fifth week of release, the $45 million true life drama has earned just $22.3 million. Jamie Foxx’s latest action thriller Sleepless dropped 58.6% in its second week, moving down one notch to Number 9 with $3.4 million. Taking the biggest hit in its second week is the horror flick The Bye Bye Man which dropped a massive 74.6%, plummeting six spots to Number 10. On the bright side, the film only cost $7.4 million and has earned nearly $20 million, a good enough return on the investment to almost guarantee a sequel.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story remains in the Top Ten at Number 6 this week with $7.2 million and a domestic total of $512.3 million after six weeks. In foreign markets the film is on the edge of $500 million giving it a global total of just over $1 billion, the 28th film to hit that mark, and Disney’s fourth 2016 release to cross that milestone.
The weekend of January 27 is likely to see little major action with the Matthew McConaughey drama Gold scheduled to open on 2,200 screens, the now controversial A Dog’s Purpose still expected to open on 2,900 screens and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter locked in on more than 3,000 screens.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the weekend of January 20.
2. [N] xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – $20,130,142 [NEW]
7.  Monster Trucks – $7,072,602 [$22,684,156]
8.  Patriots Day – $5,753,016 [$22,392,961]
9.  Sleepless – $3,453,212 [$14,940,116]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo