‘Split’ Rules Box Office

Hidden Figures,” which had won the past two weekends, came in No. 3

Film Title: SplitM. Night Shyamalan‘s latest horror-thriller, “Split” topped the chart after trumping the competition with a far-better-than-expected $40.2 million from 3,015 theaters in another victory for Blumhouse Productions and Universal’s partnership.

The film which stars James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, was fueled by younger moviegoers and opened to $5.8 million from its first foreign markets.

Vin Diesel’s action pic “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” came in at No. 2 in North America with $20 million from 3,600 locations, including Imax runs. It was a different story overseas, where the movie topped the chart with $50.5 million from its first 53 markets. Directed by D.J. Caruso,  it sees Diesel’s character, an extreme athlete turned government operative, come out of self-imposed exile to recover a sinister weapon known as Pandora’s Box. The film earned an A- CinemaScore. Paramount put up roughly 50 percent of the $85 million budget, with the rest coming from outside partners, including former investors in Revolution. “Hidden Figures,” which had won the past two weekends, came in No. 3 with $16.2 million from 3,416 theaters for a domestic total of $84 million, while Universal’s animated hit “Sing” followed at No. 4 with with $9 million from 2,494 locations for a domestic total of $239.4 million and a global haul of $428 million.

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