M. Night Shyamalan is now becoming the conquerer of franchises.
OK, it’s not like they’re anything other than floundering franchises, but still. The director’s box office sleeper hit Split not only held on to the No. 1 weekend box office slot this weekend, it did it by stopping a threat from the Resident Evil franchise.
Split, which stars James McAvoy as a man with dissociative disorder who could derive some inspiration from another Shyamalan film, earned $26.3 million at the box office this weekend, according to early studio estimates provided by The Numbers. That may have been down a strong 34 percent from the previous week, but none of the new films going wide release even had a chance.
That includes Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which managed just $13.9 million – good enough for fourth place. That’s right … not only did the Milla Jovovich film fail to even put up a fight for first place, it’s not even the biggest new movie of the week. Instead, that crown goes to the Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad film A Dog’s Purpose, which pulled in $18.4 million and second place.
In fact, Dog’s Purpose has provided Universal Pictures with an extraordinary weekend at the box office with the top two films, and three in the top 10 thanks to the $6.2 million weekend of Sing.