SPLIT Hangs Onto Number One Spot, Beating Out Horror Sequel RINGS

– by Joseph Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of February 05, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

In a bit of a surprise move, Split managed to take the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, even beating out horror newcomer Rings, the sequel to the popular horror film, The Ring, which hit theaters a good decade or so back. While the buzz surrounding Rings hasn’t been particularly strong, it was largely assumed that it would be the one to dethrone M. Night Shyamalan’s surprise horror/thriller, but it looks like the director still has a few more surprises up his sleeve. 

A Dog’s Purpose came in at third place, only dropping around 40 percent from its opening weekend. Not a bad performance, considering the controversy surrounding it. In addition, since it’s been found that no animals were actually hurt during the making of the film, we wouldn’t be surprised if next weekend saw another modest drop, giving the flick a bit more staying power than initially expected.

Hidden Figures continues to be a mainstay at the box office, coming in at number four in its sixth weekend in theaters, once again roving that word of mouth is the real way to make the big bucks. Finally, coming in at number five, and dropping only 39 percent since last weekend, is La La Land, which continues to impress with consistent performance.

The worldwide box office, as usually is the case, saw a completely different lineup hit the top rankings.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented:

“Jackie Chan leads the global box office in the action adventure romp Kung Fu Yoga that took in an impressive $51.4 million in 12 international territories and has earned $178.1 million to date. Second place goes to China-based title Journey To The West: Demons Strike Back with $35.3 million this weekend and $202 million thus far as it plays in 9 territories followed by the Chinese drama Duckweed with $29.5 million to land in the third spot.”

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 05, are below.

  1. Kung Fu Yoga - Multiple - $51.4M
  2. Journey To The West: Demons Strike Back - Multiple - $35.3M
  3. Duckweed - Multiple Chinese Distributors - $29.5M
  4. Split - Universal - $29.2M
  5. Rings - Paramount - $28.2M
  6. La La Land - Lionsgate - $27
  7. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - Sony - $21M
  8. xXx: Return of Xander Cage - Sony - $16.1M
  9. Sing - Universal - $16.1M
  10. Hidden Figures - 20th Century Fox - $14.7M

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 05, are below.

  1. Split - Universal - $14.6M
  2. Rings - Paramount - $13.0M
  3. Dog's Purpose, A - Universal - $10.8M
  4. Hidden Figures - 20th Century Fox - $10.1M
  5. La La Land - Lionsgate - $7.5M
  6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - Sony - $4.5M
  7. Sing - Universal - $4.0M
  8. Lion - The Weinstein Company - $4M
  9. Space Between Us, The - STX Entertainment - $3.8M
  10. xXx: Return of Xander Cage - Paramount - $3.7M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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