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Box Office Results: ‘Split’ overpowers ‘xXx 3’

Moviegoers chose suspense over action

The fall-favorites are quickly dropping off the box-office charts this month, and a new wave of films are leaving their marks at domestic theaters. This week fans had two major-releases to choose from, along with a wide-array of limited-releases that are worth mentioning, but it really came down to a thriller or action-adventure. Those two choices were between the third “xXx” film that released nationwide this week, and the new M. Night Shyamalan thriller “Split”. At the speciality box-office the gross was a little more balanced. Possible Oscar-hopeful “The Founder” debuted this weekend, along with the family-drama “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”.

The runaway favorite this weekend was “Split” from Universal, the film grossed over $40.19M across 3,038 locations. The thriller earned the top-spot on the domestic charts, doubling the gross of its closest competitor. “Split” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Haley Lu Richardson.

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” from Paramount Pictures was a distant second-place with $20M over the film’s opening weekend. The third-installment to the franchise opened across 3,651 locations this week, and was an early favorite going into the weekend. “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” was directed by D.J. Caruso, working off a script written by Rich Wilkes. The film is based on the characters created by F. Scott Frazier. The film stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone and Ruby Rose.

FOX’s “Hidden Figures” dropped down to third-place overall on the domestic charts with a $16.25M weekend. The film remained in 3,416 locations and has grossed over $84.23M domestically in just five-weeks. “Hidden Figures” was directed by Theodore Melfi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Allison Schroeder. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

The animated hit “Sing,” also from Universal, raised another $9.03M across 3,193 locations. The film managed to remain in fourth-place overall on the domestic-charts, raising its running total to over $249.36M in five-weeks. “Sing” was directed by Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings, the script was written by Jennings. The animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane.

Golden Globe favorite “La La Land” dropped to fifth-place overall with an $8.35M weekend. The musical remained in 1,865 locations and has grossed over $89.68M for Lionsgate. “La La Land” was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt.

In limited-releases “The Founder” brought-in the highest gross, the film opened to $3.75M across 1,115 locations. “The Founder” was directed by John Lee Hancock, the script was written by Robert D. Siegel. The film stars Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch.

“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” had a $1.35M debut, opening across 887 locations. The family-drama was directed by Dallas Jenkins, working off a script written by Andrea Gyertson Nasfell. THe film stars Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and Shawn Michaels.

These films will have a lot of competition next-week. Set to debut next-weekend are the now controversial “A Dog’s Purpose,” and the Matthew McConaughey drama “Gold”. Action-fans can also look forward to the sci-fi actioner “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”

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