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Box Office: ‘Split’ Surprises With $40.2 Million Debut

M. Night Shyamalan is back! At least, that’s the way it looks, judging from the returns from the weekend box office, as psychological thriller Split knocked two-week champ Hidden Figures out of the top spot with a surprising $40.2 million debut.

Interestingly, Shyamalan chose to self-finance Split in order to retain creative control over the film. Since the movie was made for under $10 million, the movie’s success is even more impressive, considering Shyamalan has essentially duplicated the self-financing success of his 2015 hit, The Visit.

Naturally, this was more than enough to overcome the challenge of this weekend’s other big newcomer, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which debuted with $20 million against a budget of $85 million. However, the positive here is that the film has performed far better in foreign territories, earning an estimated $50 million to bring the total so far to $70.5 million.

Previous two-week champ Hidden Figures falls to No. 3 with $15.7 million, as its Oscar hopes remain in flux, pending tomorrow’s Academy Award nomination announcement. Sing lands at No. 4 with $9 million, and Oscar frontrunner La La Land rounds out the Top 5 with $8.4 million.

But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:

Box Office: 'Split' Surprises With $40.2 Million Debut

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TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 01/03/2016

1. Split ($40 million)
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ($20.1 million)
3. Hidden Figures ($15.7 million)
4. Sing ($9 million)
5. La La Land ($8.4 million)
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($7.2 million)
7. Monster Trucks ($7.1 million)
8. Patriots Day ($5.8 million)
9. Sleepless ($3.5 million)
10. The Bye Bye Man ($3.4 million)

Via: Box Office Mojo / The Hollywood Reporter

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