M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Tops The Box Office
M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller “Split” blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend. While Split marks a milestone for Shyamalan, its opening numbers still don’t top The Village. The 2004 thriller was the director’s second-most successful domestic opening ($50.7 million) after Signs ($60.1 million), in 2002.
People in Hollywood might start changing their tune about director M. Night Shyamalan after his latest, “Split,” made a surprisingly massive haul over the weekend.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Gave A Big Boost To Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’
There are plenty of winners in regards to the huge $40 million debut weekend for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. Writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out premiered at Sundance a couple of days ago to relatively positive reviews. The horror romp, about a young black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the first time, opens courtesy of Blumhouse and Universal on Feb. 24, 2017. Of the year-end batch of horror titles, Universal and Blumhouse’s Ouija: Origins of Evil qualified as respectable, with a $35 million domestic total and $81m worldwide cume on a $9m budget.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office
Shyamalan’s 2015 film The Visit fared far better critically 64 percent on RottenTomatoes and marked the director’s first collaboration with the horror/thriller pros at Blumhouse Productions. The good news for Split is also great for a filmmaker who’s spent much of the past decade in the critical doghouse. In fourth place was the animated musical Sing, with $9 million from the weekend. Rounding out the top five was the musical La La Land, which took in $8.4 million.
Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: M. Night Shyamalan Returns with ‘Split’
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La La Land (Lionsgate)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney)
Monster Trucks (Paramount)
Patriots Day (Lionsgate)
The Founder (Weinstein)
Sleepless (Open Road)
M. Night Shyamalan is king of the box office again
The current estimate for Split puts it #4 among Shyamalan openings, just a hair behind his 2010 film The Last Airbender, which opened at $40.3 million. The two are close enough that it’s entirely possible we’ll see Split in the #3 spot among Shyamalan movies once the final numbers are tallied. In other words: Shyamalan is back and he seems to have found the perfect producing partner in Blumhouse.
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror film, Split, about about a man with a personality disorder who kidnaps three girls, topped the weekend box office with $40.2 million. Split knocked out Hidden Figures, a biographical film about three black women working for NASA who helped send the first men to space, from its two-week domination of the top spot.