Box office: ‘Split’ maintains hold on top spot for Friday

Anya Taylor-Joy, left, and James McAvoy in a scene from "Split."
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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” continued to lead the way at the box office for the second consecutive week, outpacing newcomers “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.”

The multiple-personality thriller starring James McAvoy, released by Universal Pictures, earned an estimated $7.9 million on Friday to retain its hold on the top spot. The film took in $40 million in its opening weekend last week, and could pick up $25 million if this current pace holds, analysts said.

“A Dog’s Purpose” from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment opened in second place on Friday with $5.3 million, according to estimates. The family drama featuring the voice of Josh Gad as a dog that experiences multiple lifetimes has sparked a furor heading into its debut after a video from the production that was released by TMZ appeared to show a German shepherd in distress near a tank of water.


The film was expected to earn between $17 million and $20 million this weekend based on those who viewed pre-release audience surveys.

Sony’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” the sixth chapter of the video-game inspired franchise, opened in third place with an estimated $5 million. Analysts expected the film to earn between $13 million and $16 million in its debut weekend, which constitutes a drop from the film’s last installment in 2012. However, once international totals are counted,the film could earn close to $70 million by Monday.

Rounding out the top five, 20th Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures” earned close to $3.8 million following its boost from several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. Summit Entertainment’s “La La Land,” which added an estimated $3.4 million to its total after emerging as the clear Oscar front-runner with 14 nominations, came in sixth place.

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