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Spoilers: M. Night Shyamalan talks about that shocking Split ending

2 hours ago | | See recent JoBlo news »

*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

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Shyamalan’s Split earns $45 million and tops the Us box office

6 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s a second hit in the row for M. Night Shyamalan, as his horror thriller Split has topped the Us box office.

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

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Box Office: Split Dominates, Hidden Figures Stays Strong

16 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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. 

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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. »


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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: M. Night Shyamalan Returns with ‘Split’

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Horror master M. Night Shyamalan (“The Visit”) scored his second straight success with producer Jason Blum on the weekend’s top-grosser, “Split.”

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

3. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) Week 5 – Last weekend #1

$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

5. La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 7 – Last weekend #2

$8,350,000 (-42%) in 1,865 theaters (+17); PTA: $4,477; Cumulative: $89,680,000

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney)  Week 6 – Last weekend #5

$7,036,000 (-48%) in 2,653 theaters (-559); PTA: $2,703; Cumulative: $512,202,000

7. Monster Trucks »

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Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

17 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

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With ‘Split,’ Horror and M. Night Shyamalan Remain Box Office Draws

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The North American box office received a major boost this weekend from a pair of reliable sources: the horror genre and M. Night Shyamalan with “Split,” his 12th film.

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

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Number One Film In North America With $46 Million

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M. Night Shyamalan’s suspense thriller Split was the number one movie in North America, scaring up an impressive $46 million in its debut for the 3rd weekend in January.

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. »

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Split’ Silences ‘Cage’

20 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Outside of the big debut for Universal PicturesSplit, 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 »

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Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office

20 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Dominates U.S. Box Office With $40.2 Million

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations.

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.

Split” doubled Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage, »

- Dave McNary

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M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Surprises With Crazy-Good $40 Million Opening

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Weekend Box Office: 'Split' Trumps 'xXx: Xander Cage' With $40.2M

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

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'Split': M. Night Shyamalan Explains an Ending Years in the Making

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.]

The final moments of Split were more than 15 years in the making, a secret so guarded that writer-director M. Night Shyamalan didn't allow it to be included in test screenings of the film.

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 »

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Split review – M Night Shyamalan’s meeting of minds

22 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Review: Genre Trauma in M. Night Shyamalan’s "Split"

21 January 2017 10:38 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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, »

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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Doubles Competition to Win Friday

21 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Exclusive Interview: M. Night Shyamalan Talks Split

21 January 2017 7:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Between The Visit and Wayward PinesM. 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

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Rapid Round: James McAvoy on the Challenges of Portraying 'Split' Personalities, Importance of Keeping Movie Secrets

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

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‘Split’ Review: What The What?!

20 January 2017 6:55 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

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 »

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‘Split’: M. Night Shyamalan Explains the Thriller’s Shocking Twist Ending

20 January 2017 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.]

Read More: ‘Split’ Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan Unleashes 23 Different Versions Of James McAvoy In Wild Kidnapping Thriller

In “Split, »

- Liz Calvario

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