It was a good week for Universal, even with a major controversy, as two of the studio’s films took the Number 1 and Number 2 spots. M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split retained the top spot, dropping only 36% from its opening week. It’s $25.6 million gross puts the film at more than $77 million domestically — not bad at all for a $9 million flick. In foreign markets, the film has earned $23.6 million for a worldwide gross of $101 million.
In second place, A Dog’s Purpose overcame the allegations of animal abuse on the set and earned $18.2 million, in the expected range. The film may have some legs as opening day audiences gave the film an “A” score. Unfortunately for Screen Gems, the final Resident Evil film failed to crack the top three, landing in fourth place with $13.6 million, the smallest opening for any of the films in the franchise. The film did very well overseas, earning $64.2 million for a $77.8 million global total, pushing the franchise past the $1 billion mark worlwide (according to Sony). The only other new wide release to crack the Top Ten was Gold at Number 10 with $3.4 million.
With Golden Globes under its belt and a tie for the most Oscar nominations ever, La La Land saw its fortunes grow by 45% from last week. The musical held tight to the Number 5 spot with $12.2 million, pushing its domestic gross to over $106 million. Globally, the film has earned $225.5 million. Hidden Figures is also benefiting from the awards attention, sticking to Number 3 this week with $14 million. It’s domestic total is now over $104 million. The two Best Picture contenders are now the only two nominees to have earned more than $100 million.
Outside of the Top Ten, awards recognition also helped several of the Best Picture nominees. Lion (14) saw a 33% increase, Manchester By the Sea (15) rose by 116.5%, Moonlight (18) gained 151%, Fences (20) got a small bump of 19%, and a re-release of Arrival helped that film by 358%, moving up from Number 28 to Number 19. Hacksaw Ridge got an even bigger boost, 433%, moving up from 36 to 29. Natalie Portman’s Best Actress nomination helped Jackie with a 76% surge, keeping it in 25th place. Isabelle Huppert’s nomination also helped bring Elle up by 14%.
Back in the Top Ten, last week’s Number 2, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage dropped by 57% in its second week falling four places to Number 6 with $8.6 million, putting another red mark in Paramount’s books. The $85 million action film has earned $33.8 million domestically and $122.8 million worldwide. Oscar hopeful — but scoring no nominations — Patriots Day took a 52% hit, falling out of the Top Ten to Number 11 with $2.7 million. In six weeks, the $45 million drama has earned just $28.3 million domestically and $3.7 million in foreign markets. The Founder which didn’t crack Top Ten in its first week, fell a bit in its second but not quite as hard as Patriots Day. The 23% decline took the film from 11 to 12 with $2.6 million this week bringing it to a $7.4 million two-week total. The film is rumored to have a $7 million budget. Overseas, the film has earned $5.1 million for a worldwide gross of $12.5 million.
The coming weekend will see two new films opening in wide release: Rings, a sequel/reboot of the horror franchise, and The Space Between Us which was bumped from a fall release taking it out of awards season contention, a move that does not bode well for box office expectations.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the weekend of January 27.
2. [N] A Dog’s Purpose – $18,222,810 [NEW]
4. [N] Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – $13,601,682 [NEW]
6.  xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – $8,601,858 [$33,839,608]
9.  Monster Trucks – $4,177,101 [$28,212,248]
10. [N] Gold – $3,471,316 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo