A new president is officially in the White House, and it seems fitting that a new release is atop the box office standings this weekend.
M. Night Shyamalan returned to cinema with the self-financed thriller Split. Starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, the 3.7-star rated film debuted to $40.2 million. Anya Taylor-Joy and Haley Lu Richardson lend their talents to the supporting cast.
Not far behind Split was Vin Diesel and his latest action flick xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Directed by D.J. Caruso, the 4.5-star rated film is the third in the xXx franchise and premiered to $20 million. It co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Toni Collette, and was made for $85 million.
After two weekend box office triumphs (including a surprise win over the mighty Rogue One), the 4.8-star rated Hidden Figures fell to third with a $16.3 million haul. Regardless, the inspiring film based on the true story of three African American women who made major contributions to NASA missions in the ’60s is looking good for more awards attention when the Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 24. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, and has a total of $84.2 million in its cabin.
Snagging the fourth spot on this weekend’s list was Sing. The animated musical, which is in its fifth weekend of release, added $9 million to its bank account. It features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, and currently sports 4.3 stars on Tribute.ca. Thanks to its showing this weekend, it’s now sitting on $249.4 million.
Returning to the discussion of the golden statuette, another film that’ll surely receive some love with Academy Award nominations is La La Land. The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical danced its way to fifth place and $8.4 million this weekend, raising its total earnings to $89.7 million. Tribute.ca readers have given the seven-time Golden Globe winner 3.6 stars. ~Matthew Pariselli