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'Split' shocks the box office — and Vin Diesel's 'xXx' sequel — with a $40-million debut

'Split' shocks the box office — and Vin Diesel's 'xXx' sequel — with a $40-million debut

Competing with a presidential inauguration, multi-city marches and big-budget Hollywood productions, M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy psychological thriller “Split” pulled off a surprising victory its opening weekend, pulling $14.6 million Friday for an estimated weekend gross of $40.2 million.

The low-budget “Split,” which cost a reported $9 million to make, blew away predictions that it would be bested by Vin Diesel’s big, action-packed “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

“Xander Cage” cost upward of $85 million to make, but it made just $20 million over the weekend. It wasn’t a happy return given that the last...

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