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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of January 29, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. This past weekend saw the continued domination of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split, on the domestic front. The film beat out the domestic totals of both A Dog’s Purpose and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Not only did Split enjoy a better-than-expected opening weekend, taking in around $40 million domestically, but in this past weekend it only dropped around 34.3 percent, taking in $26.3 million, more than enough to catapult it into first place for the second weekend in a row. Without a doubt, the positive word of mouth seems to be doing this flick some real good.

A Dog’s Purpose came in at around $18.4 million. While the film only cost around $22 million to make, so it looks like it’ll make back its production budget and marketing costs no problem when all said and done, but had it not been for the controversy surrounding the treatment of the dogs on set, it may have been able to pull in much more substantial numbers. 

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter crawled into theaters with $13.86 million, which makes it the least successful opening in the franchise. That being said, given its budget of $40 million, along with its worldwide take, it’s already almost more than covered its costs.

At the worldwide box office, we saw one heck of a divide. While Split did wonders here domestically, the films Journey to the West: The Demon Strikes Back , and Buddies In India snagged the number two spots. At number five, the new Jackie Chan flick, Kung Fu Yoga settled into number five.

In response to the worldwide numbers, comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented:

“An astounding weekend for fantasy adventure Journey To The West: The Demon Strikes Back, with $85 million earned in just 7 territories including China where it opened on Chinese New Year and drew massive crowds. Another solid title was the Chinese action adventure Buddies In India that earned an impressive $44.19 million in just three territories including the United States. Third place goes to Resident Evil: The Final Chapter that has earned $64.5 million internationally after opening ahead of its U.S. debut and $78.35 million to date worldwide.”

Let’s take a look at both the domestic and worldwide box office estimates!

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 29, are below.

  1. Journey to the West: The Demon Strikes Back – Multiple – $85 million
  2. Buddies In India – Multiple – $44.2 million
  3. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Sony – $42.2 million
  4. Split – Universal – $41.1 million
  5. Kung Fu Yoga – Multiple – $40.1 million
  6. La La Land – Lionsgate – $35.6 million
  7. xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Paramount – $32.3 million
  8. Sing – Universal – $29.5 million
  9. A Dog’s Purpose – Universal – $22.1 million
  10. Duckweed – MultiCon – $18.3 million
  11. Hidden Figures – Fox – $15.5 million
  12. Confidential Assignment – CJE – $15 million

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 29, are below.

  1. Split – Universal – $26.3 million
  2. A Dog’s Purpose – Universal – $18.4 million
  3. Hidden Figures – 20th Century Fox – $14 million
  4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Sony – $13.9 million
  5. La La Land – Lionsgate – $12.1 million
  6. xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Paramount – $8.3 million
  7. Sing – Universal – $6.2 million
  8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Disney – $5.1 million
  9. Monster Trucks – Paramount – $4.1 million
  10. Gold – The Weinstein Company – $3.5 million
  11. Patriots Day – Lionsgate – $2.9 million
  12. The Founder – The Weinstein Company – $2.7 million

What do you think of this weekend’s past box office performance? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.