(JANUARY 27 – JANUARY 29, 2017 estimates)

  1. “Split” (Week 2) – $26,268,685
  2. “A Dog’s Purpose” (Opening) – $18,386,020
  3. “Hidden Figures” (Week 6) – $14,000,000
  4. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (Opening) – $13,850,000
  5. “La La Land” (Week 8) – $12,050,000
  6. “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (Week 2) – $8,250,000
  7. “Sing” (Week 6) – $6,213,710
  8. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Week 7) – $5,124,000
  9. “Monster Trucks” (Week 3) – $4,100,000
  10. “Gold” (Opening) – $3,470,000

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  • Split2017 is shaping up to be a good year for M. Night Shyamalan. “Split” remained at the top spot of the box office for the second straight weekend. In fact, the film only dropped 34 percent from its opening weekend. This is a great hold, especially for a horror film, which usually drop upwards of 50 percent in their second weekends. In fact, this was the best hold for an M. Night Shyamalan film since his runaway hit “The Sixth Sense” in 1999. To date, the film has amassed $77 million domestically and $101 worldwide. This is even more astounding considering the film cost a mere $9 million to make. If the film continues to hold extraordinarily well, it has a shot of beating “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” for the top grossing January release. That film grossed $146 million domestic in 2009.
  • Amid the controversy and protest by PETA, “A Dog’s Purpose” underperformed at No. 2. Originally expected to gross in the mid-20s for opening weekend, the film grossed $18 million. Still, the film only cost $22 million to make, so it should be able to easily turn a profit. The real test for the film will be to see if it holds over the next few weeks. Family films tend to have higher multipliers. However, this will be the test on whether or not the film was seriously affected by the controversy.
  • Hidden Figures benefited tremendously from its three Oscar nominations announced on Tuesday morning. The film had a tremendous hold in its sixth weekend in theaters. It only dropped 11 percent, which was the strongest hold in the top 10, barring films that expanded. This helped bring the film across the $100 million mark. To date, the film has made $104 million. The film should easily pass $125 million in time for the Oscar telecast.
  • Not many people were very interested in seeing how the “Resident Evil” franchise ended. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opened to $13 million. This was the lowest grossing opening for a film in the franchise since its inception in 2002. At this rate, the film will be lucky to make $30 million domestically by the end of its run. However, there is a silver lining to the film’s performance. The worldwide numbers for the franchise are quite robust. The film has already amassed enough for a worldwide total of $78 million. Against a $40 million budget, the film should be able to turn a profit for Sony Screen Gems.
  • After earning a record 14 Oscar nominations, “La La Land experienced yet another day in the sun. To capitalize on the momentous achievement, the film expanded into 3,136 theaters, the fourth highest theater count of the weekend. This gave the film a strong 43 percent bump from last weekend. This surge propelled the film past $100 million. The film truly has touched hearts all over the world. In addition to grossing $106 million domestically, it has also earned $223 million worldwide. This puts it days away from beating the $232 million worldwide gross for “Argo.” If the film wins Best Picture, it will be the top grossing Best Picture winner since “Slumdog Millionaire” amassed $377 million in 2008.
  • Time has not been kind to xXx. The third film in the series, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” could not hold on to its viewership. It dropped 59 percent in its second weekend, the steepest drop in the top 10. While better than “XXX: State of the Union,” this is still quite low for Vin Diesel, who has been riding high with the Fast and Furious franchise. To date, the film has grossed $33 million domestically and $89 million worldwide. Against an $85 million budget, the film will need to use its foreign grosses to turn a profit.
  • The animated hit “Sing continued its stellar run at the box office. The film dropped 31 percent in its  sixth weekend. This brings the film’s domestic box office to $257 million and worldwide box office to $463 million. If the film continues to perform, particularly overseas, it will have a shot to top the $543 million worldwide total for “Despicable Me.” This is a fantastic sign, as Illumination has already announced a sequel for the film to come in 2020.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” continued to extend its lead as the highest grossing film of 2016. The film eased a scant 28 percent in its seventh weekend, showing tremendous longevity. To date, the film has grossed $520 million domestically and just over one billion worldwide. At the moment, the film is the 21st highest grossing film worldwide. It should only continue to rise in these ranks over the next few weekends.
  • The big budget failure “Monster Trucks” couldn’t save face in its third weekend in theaters. The film lost 42 percent of its business and fell to No. 9 on the charts. Despite costing $125 million to make, the film has only made back $28 million domestically and $47 million worldwide.
  • Despite the recent McConaissance, the Oscar-winning actor can’t seem to catch a break anymore. His latest project, “Gold,” nearly failed to crack the top 10. Despite opening in 2,166 theaters, the film only grossed $3.4 million. This led to a terrible $1,602 per-theater average. This isn’t the first recent bomb Matthew McConaughey has experienced since his Oscar win. Last year saw his slave drama “Free State of Jones” fail with a $20 million domestic gross.

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  • LionThe Oscar nominations were a huge boom for the films that did well in terms of nominations. After “Hidden Figures,” the highest per-theater average of a Best Picture nominee belonged to “Lion.” Despite no expansion, the film still gained 35 percent compared to last week. Grossing $2.3 million, the film’s per-theater average rose to $4,144. To date, the film has made $19 million domestically and $33 million worldwide. It should see a nationwide expansion in the next couple of weeks. Other Best Picture nominees saw strong bumps as well as they added theaters. Manchester by the Sea rose 113 percent after expanding back to 1,168 theaters. The film grossed $2 million, bringing its total to $41 million. Moonlight also added theaters to bring it to 1,104 locations. This led to a 159 percent bump, $1.5 million gross and $17 million total. Arrival reopened to 1,221 locations, leading to $1.4 million over the weekend. That was a stellar 357 percent bump, inching the movie closer to $100 million. Its domestic total currently sits at $97 million. “Fences” did not see as high of renewed interest. The stage adaptation rose a mere 16 percent after adding 167 theaters, bringing its domestic total to $50 million. Bringing up the rear was Hacksaw Ridge,” which played in only 502 theaters, but still managed to jump 431 percent. The film’s total domestic gross stands at $65 million. While all of these films were outside of the top 10, it is worth noting that all but “Lion” has seen a previous nationwide expansion.
  • Asghar Farhadi’s latest Oscar nominated film The Salesman opened this week to the highest per-theater average. The film grossed $71,000 from three theaters for a per-theater average of $23,690. With the recent press that the prolific director will not be able to attend the Oscar ceremony due to the Muslim ban, it will be interesting to see if that has an affect on the film’s box office.

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