M. Knight Shyamalan’s film, Split, is morphing from an unexpected hit, to a certified January sensation. The thriller had an impressive $40 million dollar opening last week and followed it up with an estimated $26.2 million dollars in its second weekend of release. The movie was made on an announced budget of $9 million dollars and to date has grossed more than $77 million dollars.
Despite the controversy surrounding the treatment of the movie’s animals during production, A Dog’s Purpose had a strong opening with an estimated $18.3 million dollars. The movie was produced for an estimated $22 million dollars, so with other films like The Jungle Book and the upcoming The Lion King in the pipeline, we should expect to see the trend of animal-led movies continue in the near future.
Hidden Figures refuses to lose momentum, as the historical drama made another stellar $14 million dollars in its sixth week of release. Last night the film won the best ensemble in a motion picture award at the SAG Awards, which should continue its momentum into the Oscar broadcast. The movie crossed the $100 million dollar mark and continues to show that audiences are starved for new, diverse stories.
The biggest disappointment of the weekend is undoubtably Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which should live up to its namesake after this release. The action-horror movie, loosely based on the video game series, earned an estimated $13.8 million dollars in it’s first week of release. However, the budget for the movie was announced at $40 million dollars. It’s possible that it could squeeze enough out at the box-office and eventually in streaming and home video sales to recoup its costs. But it’s clear that the franchise needs to rest for a few years and to be rebooted with fresh eyes.
Rounding out the top five spots is La La Land. The award-winning musical expanded its release by almost 1300 theaters, which resulted in a 43% bump from last week’s take. The movie made an estimated $12 million dollars in its eighth week, while also crossing the $100 million dollar mark. It’s also worth noting that xXx: The Return of Xander Cage dropped down to sixth place with a paltry $8.2 million weekend and has made only $33 million dollars domestically in total.
Here is the complete Box-Office Report for the weekend of January 27th-29th, 2017.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|2||N||A Dog’s Purpose||Uni.||$18,386,020||–||3,059||–||$6,010||$18,386,020||$22||1|
|4||N||Resident Evil: The Final Chapter||SGem||$13,850,000||–||3,104||–||$4,462||$13,850,000||$40||1|
|5||5||La La Land||LG/S||$12,050,000||+43.0%||3,136||+1,271||$3,842||$106,509,372||$30||8|
|6||2||xXx: The Return of Xander Cage||Par.||$8,250,000||-59.0%||3,651||–||$2,260||$33,487,750||$85||2|
|8||6||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||BV||$5,124,000||-28.9%||2,049||-554||$2,501||$520,049,573||$200||7|
Source: Box Office Mojo