Split Dominates Weekend Box Office To Soar Past $100m Figure

A man with 24 different personalities who kidnaps three young girls. That is the picture that is winning over moviegoers right now. Split, a title that stars James McAvoy, has grossed over $100m around the globe to draw comparisons with director M. Night Shyamalan's other great work via The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.

With a major spoiler and plot twist being revealed last week over a connection between this latest installment and another of M. Night's movies, Split can now be considered a comeback production from a filmmaker who flopped with The Happening and After Earth. Beating out some stiff competition via Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and the acclaimed La La Land, it has been a great weekend for the 46-year old director.

McConaughey Flatters To Deceive With Gold Digger Trip

The Top 10 list from Box Office Mojo outlines how the ambitious project of Matthew McConaughey has fallen flat for his work on Gold, retelling the real life tale of prospector Kenny Wells who finds a source of gold in the Indonesian forest. There were reported problems from the get-go with this production and it appears as though these issues translated directly to the cinema.

Oscar favorites Hidden Figures and La La Land enjoyed an extended run while the new action blockbuster Resident Evil: The Final Chapter includes more of the same gore and violence into the mix. Vin Diesel and the studio might be a little let down with a taking domestically of $8.25m this weekend for Cage, falling short of their competitors following some less than ideal reviews.

Title Weekend Total
1. Split $26,268,685  $78.0
2. A Dog’s Purpose $18,386,020  $18.4
3. Hidden Figures $14,000,000  $104.0
4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter $13,850,000  $13.9
5. La La Land $12,050,000  $106.5
6. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage $8,250,000  $33.5
7. Sing $6,213,710  $257.4
8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $5,124,000  $520.0
9. Monster Trucks $4,100,000  $28.1
10. Gold $3,470,000  $3.5

Matt Attack As Actor Walked Away From Rom Com World

Although Gold might prove to be something of a flop, the acclaimed actor is still far more satisfied creatively than he has ever been in his life. Previously type cast for mediocre romantic comedies, McConaughey argues that a hard and fast decision changed his life around.

“You know the story,” starts the Failure To Launch star. “Boy meets girl, we break up in the middle, boy chases her down at the end and meets her on a bridge or a moped. But you want to enjoy who you go there with, the male and the female.”

Drawing a line in the sand with the help of his agent, he knew that Hollywood would eventually get the message.

“So the anxiety was, well, how long is nothing going to come in?" he asks. "Having a family helps, but I feel like I always need to be accomplishing something, for my own happiness and significance. I gotta work. The anxiety was in how long will it be dry, how long will we get nothing? My agent did a good job saying no, no, no. Then the studios got the message and quit sending them (rom com's). Then there was an impasse of nothing. And there was nothing for about eight months.”

Source: Collider, The Guardian

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