Films that have been nominated for Academy Awards are expanding their reach in theaters this week but if you are looking for something new, there are three major-releases to choose from. Moviegoers had the option to see the final installment of the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise, the Matthew McConaughey drama “Gold,” or the currently controversial family-drama “A Dog’s Purpose”. Despite the new releases, the box-office charts are likely to change dramatically next weekend, as three major releases are set to release.
“Split” managed to hold onto the top-spot this week with a $26.26M weekend. Now in its second-week, the film increased to 3,199 locations and has made over $77.99M for Universal. “Split” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Haley Lu Richardson.
“A Dog’s Purpose,” also from Universal, debuted at number-two with an $18.38M weekend. The film opened to 3,059 locations and was the highest-grossing film to debut this week. “A Dog’s Purpose” was directed by Lasse Hallström, working from a script written by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon. The film stars Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton. PETA called for a boycott of the film when a video surfaced online, showing what appeared to be one of dogs used in the film being forced into a pool of water. Universal cancelled the premiere of the film after the video surfaced, and issued a statement saying that the dog was not harmed during production.
FOX’s award-winning film “Hidden Figures” landed at number-three this weekend, earning $14M across 3,351 locations. The film has been in theaters for six-weeks now, and has grossed over $104.02M domestically. “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.
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” only managed to bring in $13.85M this weekend, despite opening across 3,104 locations. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and stars Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen and Ali Larter. The film’s release also coincided with the latest video-game release “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”. The new game released this week for the PS4, PC and Xbox One, and is available on sites like Amazon.com. The previous installment, called “Resident Evil: Retribution,” made $21.05M during its opening weekend back in 2012, and went on to make $240.15M globally.
“La La Land” from Lionsgate managed to hold onto the top-five with a $12.05M weekend. The film, which has been going strong for eight-weeks now, has made over $106.5M domestically. “La La Land” was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Surprisingly, “Gold” failed to break the top-five but did rank sixth overall. The drama only pulled-in $3.47M over its opening weekend, despite opening across 2,166 locations. “Gold” was directed by Stephen Gaghan, the script was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez and Bryce Dallas Howard.
These new films aren’t expected to stay on the charts for long, opening next weekend are “Fifty Shades Darker,” “John Wick 2” and “The LEGO Batman Movie”