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*Spoiler Warning* For The Love Of God You Are Entering The Thunderdome Of Spoiler Territory** Split, the horror/thriller about a man with 23 distinct personalities (James McAvoy) preparing for the unveiling of a monstrous 24th, is officially out now and has been met with the best reviews and box office numbers of any M. Night Shyamalan movie since 2002’s Signs. But the redemption of Shyamalan... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Showing on just over 3,000 screens, Split beat out new comers xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and The Founder to earn an estimated $40 million. It’s the director’s best opening since The Last Airbender and the fourth biggest January opening of all-time, just ahead of Cloverfield.
Split opened to a B- CinemaScore, so it’s looking good for the film to earn around $100 million domestically.
The film also opened internationally and added another $5 million to its total, giving Split $45 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our reviews of Split here and here
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. »
- Luke Owen
The big winner at hte box office this weekend was M Night Shyamalan's split personality thriller Split starring James McAvoy, Betty Buckley (!!!) and The Witch's Anya-Taylor Joy. Hidden Figures continued to show signs of a hefty box office tally to come with another very low percentage drop and Sing has become the biggest grossing movie of all time that never hit #1 at the box office, surpassing the previous record holder My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Martin Scorsese's Silence has gone wide but is still struggling to find takers and The Founder, after a long delayed release, opened as well to $3+ million. Meanwhile 20th Century Women added 600+ theaters and is finally ready for your eyeballs and you Must see it. It's marvelous. Silence added over 800 screens but to little traction from moviegoers.
(over 800 screens)
01 Split $40.1 New
02 xXx: Return of Xander Cage $20 New
03 Hidden Figures $16.2 (cum. $84.2) Podcast
04 Sing $9 (cum. »
- NATHANIEL R
That’s a marked improvement over recent weeks as the weekend total upticked ahead of 2016 for the first time since before Christmas. The lesson is always the same: audiences like it when they get something completely different.
The Top Ten
1. Split (Universal) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 64; Est. budget: $9 million
$40,190,000 in 3,038 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,229; Cumulative: $40,190,000
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 42; Est. budget: $85 million
$20,000,000 in 3,561 theaters; PTA: $5,478; Cumulative: $20,000,000
$16,250,000 (-22%) in 3,416 theaters (+130); PTA: $4,757; Cumulative: $84,249,000
4. Sing (Universal) Week 5 – Last weekend #3
$9,037,000 (-36%) in 3,193 theaters (-500); PTA: $2,830; Cumulative: $249,362,000
$8,350,000 (-42%) in 1,865 theaters (+17); PTA: $4,477; Cumulative: $89,680,000
$7,036,000 (-48%) in 2,653 theaters (-559); PTA: $2,703; Cumulative: $512,202,000
7. Monster Trucks »
- Tom Brueggemann
M. Night Shyamalan is on a career upswing, and Split is somewhat of a return to an earlier form for the director of the standout fright film The Sixth Sense and the superhero-influenced Unbreakable. Mr. Shyamalan was, and still is, unfortunately typecast as a director known for surprising, shocking twist endings. This makes watching his films somewhat of a difficult and frustrating ordeal because of the need to overanalyze every aspect. Still, minus a few films, Shyamalan has crafted a career that indulges in the art of the mystery, and with Split, the writer/director proves that he can still build an effectively suspenseful film that keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next.
Split is about a man (James McAvoy) of many names due to the many personalities that fight for the spotlight in his mind. The first personality we are introduced to is the cleanliness-obsessed Dennis, who »
- Monte Yazzie
Overall moviegoing jumped 29 percent to $148 million this weekend, led by a surprisingly strong $40.2 million debut for “Split.” Universal’s forecasts before the weekend had been in the $20 million range for “Split.”
Year-to-date business, which had been lagging by 8.8 percent before the weekend, has reached $748 million and is now only 4 percent behind the same point last year when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was driving business.
“This really kicks off 2017 in earnest, which I didn’t think would happen until ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ on Feb. 10,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. “There were a lot of distractions such as Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and the women’s marches on Saturday, so the number for ‘Split’ is very impressive. »
- Dave McNary
Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following 2015’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. »
- Michelle McCue
Outside of the big debut for Universal Pictures’ Split, it was another ho-hum weekend at the North America box office. The low-budget James McAvoy thriller trounced the pricey Paramount action flick xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which sputtered in second place. The Weinstein Company’s Oscar hopeful The Founder found few takers in its ninth place opening, while the box office dud Silence doubled its screen count over last weekend only to see business drop by half.
Budgeted at a mere $9 million, Split scared up a big $40.2 million from 3,038 screens. The latest from Unbreakable directior M. Night Shyamalan earned solid grades from both critics and ticket buyers. Praise from the former earned the Bloomhouse production a 76% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, while the latter graded the feature a “B+” on CinemaScore. Split’s debut is the fourth biggest of Shyamalan’s career following Signs ($60.1 million), The Village ($50.7 million) and The Last Airbender »
This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director »
“Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million.
“Having M. Night Shyamalan’s name on the title means a lot, because his fan base is so devoted,” noted Universal’s domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou. “He’s the master of the plot twist.”
Carpou noted that “Split” showed plenty of drawing power in all demographics with the 52% of the audience being female and 52% under 25 and should perform well in coming weeks. “As a psychological thriller, this should have a lot of playability,” he added.
- Dave McNary
Universal’s “Split” earned $16.5 million on Saturday and is now looking at a three-day opening weekend of $40 million — way ahead of expectations. Heading into the weekend, analysts had projected the film starring James McAvoy to gross in the low-$20 million range. On Saturday, the movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan was looking at a $35 million debut weekend. Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is on its way to an opening weekend return of $20 million, in line with early projections by box office experts in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. On Saturday, the action sequel earned $8 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
22 January 2017 7:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Horror and split personalities ruled the Inauguration Weekend box office.
M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller, Split, easily topped the chart after trumping the competition with a far-better-than-expected $40.2 million from 3,015 theaters in another victory for Blumhouse Productions and Universal's partnership.
Split, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, was fueled by younger moviegoers (52 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, while 52 percent of ticket buyers were females). The film, which earned strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, is rated PG-13.
Shyamalan made Split for less than $10 million and self-financed it »
- Pamela McClintock
22 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the ending of Split.]
Just to reiterate the above warning (because seeing Split spoiler-free is such a fun experience), spoilers below:
After Kevin Wendle Crumb (James McAvoy) makes his escape, the film moves to a bar, where a news broadcast recounts some of the events of the film. A man with multiple personalities kidnapped three young women and held them captive »
- Aaron Couch
James McAvoy possesses multiple personalities in an ambitious supernatural thriller that could nonetheless do with a few scares
I’m in two minds about M Night Shyamalan’s multiple personality thriller. On the one hand, thanks to James McAvoy’s agility juggling the many people who inhabit the head of Kevin Wendell Crumb, it marks a definite return to form for Shyamalan. On the other, as with so many of the convoluted high concepts that he grapples with, there’s a laboured quality to the storytelling, as if the screenplay is always running to catch up with the ambition of the conceit.
Although there is less of the visceral brutality of Alexandre Aja’s Switchblade Romance, there is something of that film’s oppressive threat here. The three girls kidnapped by two of Kevin’s renegade personalities are imprisoned in a set designer’s dream job – a network of subterranean »
- Wendy Ide
From The Sixth Sense (1999) onward, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has been popularly and critically typecast as the champion of “plot twists.” This label probably plays into the unusually intensive scrutiny undergone by his films. Specifically, the scrutiny likely stems from Shyamalan’s tendency to design narratives around the selective doling out of information, which lends itself to unusually plot-focused viewing. There is something to be said for the fact that a plot twist, on some level, deceives its viewers, leading them to believe something before abruptly unfurling that belief. Reviewing his latest film Split, I would like to mostly dispense with this emphasis on “twists.” By stressing one specific element of his storytelling process, one runs the risk of neglecting to address his commitment to storytelling itself. That is, it’s worth noting that Shyamalan sees cathartic possibilities (often profoundly affirming ones) embedded in the very notion of story. Take, »
“Split,” from M. Night Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions, is splintering box office expectations in its opening weekend after earning $14.6 million on Friday from 3,038 locations. The horror-thriller doubled its closest competition, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in $7.1 million from 3,651 theaters.
“Split” is beating Friday estimates, which put it at about $28 million for the weekend. Now, it’s three-day total could be as much as $34 million.
After winning the past two weekend, “Hidden Figures” should sit comfortably in third. The film earned an additional $4.4 million on Friday on its way to a $16 million three-day total. Musical duo “La La Land” and “Sing” should round out the weekend’s top five.
“The Founder,” meanwhile, is floundering in its first week. From 1,115 locations, the film grossed about $1 million heading toward a $3 million opening frame.
Faith-based film “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is heading toward a less-than desirable $1.1 million opening weekend after earning about $380,000 on Friday. »
- Seth Kelley
Between The Visit and Wayward Pines, M. Night Shyamalan has been launched back into the spotlight, making him once again an exciting filmmaker to look out for. His latest thriller, Split, in which three young women are abducted by a deranged man suffering from a multiple personality disorder, features a fantastic performance by James McAvoy and retains the writer-director’s signature flair for atmospheric mystery but with a deeper bite.
Shyamalan has surely had his ups and downs, but as of late, seems to have re-discovered that style that made his earlier films like The Sixth Sense and Signs so successful. If nothing else, he’s having fun again, and that’s definitely good news for everyone.
Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Shyamalan in an exclusive interview while he was doing press for Split. Among other things, we dug into his new demented tale and how it »
- Joseph Hernandez
20 January 2017 10:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In M. Night Shyamalan's new supernatural thriller Split, James McAvoy plays a creepy kidnapper with multiple personalities — a number of which emerge over the course of the film. At least two of McAvoy's lead character Kevin's "23 identities" have been teased in the trailers for Split: Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy, and someone who wears women's clothes.
As fans of Shyamalan's films might expect, the movie features a number of twists and surprises, but McAvoy wasn't about to reveal any of them in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, sharing his own experience with Black Swan as an indication »
- Hilary Lewis
Split writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has had a very interesting career. He first struck it big in 1999 with The Sixth Sense, a film that came with a huge twist that changed how the movie was perceived, and ushered in a new sub-genre of film that Shyamalan would absolutely rule for half a decade. His follow up, Unbreakable, also had a neat twist, but that film had so much more going for it, as it took the classic comic book movie and made it so real.
In recent years, Shyamalan has fallen on hard times, as the need to create twists, and his self-indulgent desire to cast himself in his films have all but made the once promising wunderkind a wash-up, and his films are now avoided as much as they used to be anticipated. Does Split serve as a cinematic pressing of the reset button, or the final nail »
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Split” follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with 23 discrete personalities, all different and dangerous with agendas of their own. The story follows him as he kidnaps three teenage girls and holds them hostage in his basement. The girls soon begin to meet each personality, with the final persona being the most terrifying of them all.
The film looks to be Shyamalan’s big return after a string of disappointments like “The Happening” and “After Earth.” “Split” has critics excited, with some, like io9, saying that the film has the “best twist since ‘The Sixth Sense.'” The website spoke with the director about the shocking ending, that may surprise and excite many M. Night fans.
Readers beware, if you have not seen “Split,” turn away.
[Editor’s Note: Major spoilers for “Split” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
In “Split, »
- Liz Calvario
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