It was an interesting ensemble of stories this past weekend at the box office as there were grown men playing as nine-year-old boys, some post-apocalyptic zombie killing taking place, and dogs coming back to life in theatres across the country.
There’s no denying there were all types of personalities in the theaters this weekend, but movie goers seemed most interested in seeing M. Night’s Shyamalan’s newest film, Split. Split took the top of the box office for the second week in a row, making it the first film of Shyamalan’s to repeat at spot #1 for multiple weekends. Just as impressive, the film made over $25 million this weekend, which is only a 35% drop from last. In comparison, similar films like The Conjuring 2, Insidious Chapter 2, and Cloverfield all had around a 65% drop their second weekend. Plus, with glowing reviews still pouring in for both the direction and acting in this film, it’s certainly safe to say it’s holding all of us captive in theatre.
Now from a man with multiple personalities to a dog with multiples lives, we were all introduced to “Bailey Bailey Bailey” this weekend, and he proved to be very “paw”pular. The film came in spot #2 making back an impressive $18.2 million of its $22 million budget, despite its recent backlash from the evidence of animal cruelty on set. Narratively, the dog, Bailey, acts as a catalyst between the life stories of the number people that have become his owners over the years. Each one is unique and at a different point in their life, but all share the same feelings of being alone and broken. The stories themselves don’t get a chance to develop much beyond the clichés of ‘everyone needs a loyal friend to lean on’, and while there is certainly truth to that, this film could have dived deeper into themes of growing up, learning to love yourself and others, and how humans need a one on one connection with another living being. It’s not the worst movie you’ll ever see, in fact it’s exactly the movie you’re expecting to go in and see. It’s a sweet little feel good film, with some goofy moments, that makes a perfectly fine time on a cold winter afternoon, but along with the added pain of watching a pup pass away over, and over and over again, to really tug at those heart strings.
In the #4 spot was newcomer, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which based on its performance from this weekend does in fact look like it will indeed be “the final chapter”. It was given a 39% on rotten tomatoes, and grossed only $13.6 million, whereas its predecessors all made roughly around $22 million their opening weekends. You could argue that this is because Oscar nominations are now stealing the spot light in theatres and everyone is spending their time seeing those, or you could also argue that it just got unlucky coming out at the tail end of January horror movies when audiences have already found a fix with films like Split.
Adam and Matt have touched on these films several times already, so I’ll be brief when I say that Hidden Figures and La La Land took the 3rd and 5th spots respectively this weekend. Hidden Figures made another $14 million, and La La Land made another $12 million. Which is actually a 45% increase for La La from last week – thank you overhyped academy nominations.
This weekend we have two new films coming our way. The first being Paramounts new horror/drama, Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez, where Samara’s curse continues to spread and shakeup the lives of others. This time a girl named Julia sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend after he explores the dark urban legend. The trailer itself had me shaking, and if that’s any indication, I may be sleeping with the lights on for a while after watching it.
If you’re wanting something a little less terrifying, we also have The Space Between Us landing in theaters this weekend. It’s been described as a modern day Romeo and Juliet set in space where the first human who was born on mars, played by Asa Butterfield, falls in love a girl named Tulsa, played by Britt Robertson, and then risks his own life to be on earth with her. A sweet little love story, just before Valentine’s Day? Yeah I’m sure it will do just fine!