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Box Office Report: Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Doubles Up Triple X at Box Office

11 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Split - $40.1 million ($40.1 million total) 2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - $20.0 million ($20.0 million total) 3. Hidden Figures - $16.2 million ($84.2 million total) 4. Sing - $9.0 million ($249.3 million total) 5. La La Land - $8.3 million ($89.6 million total) 6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $7.0 million ($512.2 million total) 7. Monster Trucks - $7.0 million ($22.6 million total) 8. Patriots Day - $6.0 million ($23.6 million total) 9. The Founder - $3.75 million ($3.7 million total) 10. Sleepless - $3.70 million ($15.1 million total) The Big Stories Unlike the winter storms and hurricanes that are frequently blamed for a decline in box office, people still found time to go...

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- Erik Childress

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Split scares away competition for Us box office top spot

21 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

M Night Shyamalan’s horror beats Vin Diesel movie xXx in the fight for No 1, while Monster Trucks continues its long crash and burn

The M Night Shyamalan horror film Split has comprehensively defeated Vin Diesel’s extreme-sports action thriller xXx: The Return of Xander Cage at the Us box office, taking more than twice as much as its rival.

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- Andrew Pulver

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

22 January 2017 3:00 PM, PST | 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 »

- Tom Brueggemann

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

22 January 2017 10:57 AM, PST | 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

22 January 2017 8:03 AM, PST | 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, »

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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 19

20 January 2017 1:37 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

opening this week Jackie Lion Split xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

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now in cinemas Allied Arrival The Birth of a Nation Chi-Raq The Eagle Huntress I, Daniel Blake La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moana A Monster Calls Paterson Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sully Doctor Strange Silence Trolls Assassin’s Creed Bridget Jones’s Baby The Bye Bye Man Collateral Beauty Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Live by Night Monster Trucks Nocturnal Animals Passengers Storks Why Him? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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new and ongoing cinema releases, Us/Can, from Jan 20

20 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

opening this week Antarctica: Ice and Sky (aka Ice and the Sky) The Founder The Red Turtle Split xXx: The Return of Xander Cage    expanding wide 20th Century Women

2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)

get all reviews since 1997 here

now in cinemas Allied Arrival The Eagle Huntress Fences Hidden Figures I, Daniel Blake Jackie La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moana A Monster Calls Moonlight Paterson Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sing Sully Toni Erdmann Bad Santa 2 Doctor Strange Elle Inferno Julieta Silence Trolls Assassin »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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2016’s films ranked

20 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.

01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.

worth paying multiplex prices for

[5 stars]

Arrival (10.10/11.11/11.10)

La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)

A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)

The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)

Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)

A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)

Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)

London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)

The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)

I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)

Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)

A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)

Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)

Moana (11.16/11.23/12.02)

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Adds Hundreds of Theaters Ahead of Oscar Nominations

19 January 2017 5:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Studios is opting to more than triple the number of North American locations this weekend for Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” as Oscar nominations loom Tuesday.

Silence” will expand from 474 sites to 1,580 on Friday. It’s an optimistic move for a film that has failed to catch on with either awards voters or audiences so far.

The movie, set in 1640 Japan, has under-performed in a month of limited release with $3.8 million. During the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, “Silence” had a per-screen average of $5,010 — seventh-highest among the top 20 films.

Scorsese has been trying to make “Silence,” based on the Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuit missionaries, for 28 years. The film stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor — played by Liam Neeson — and spread Catholicism even though the religion has been banned. It was budgeted between $40 million »

- Dave McNary

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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings

19 January 2017 2:44 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Paramount Taps Chinese Investors for $1 Billion Infusion

19 January 2017 12:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has received a $1 billion cash investment for co-financing from Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media over the next three years.

Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group Chairman Ren Zhonglun, and Huahua Media Chairman Wang Kefei made the joint announcement Thursday. The trio met in Shanghai in November to finalize terms of the deal.

The three entities said they will work closely together in a spirit of cooperation and will actively seek opportunities for co-productions.  Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will open and jointly maintain an office on the Paramount lot starting later this year.

Shanghai Film Group’s long and successful history as a prolific studio, coupled with Huahua’s strong track-record in the Chinese market and its growing reach globally, make this a natural and powerful move for Paramount,” said Grey. “We look forward to working with these two highly-respected entertainment industry leaders, »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’ May Be One of the Weirdest Films Ever

18 January 2017 4:05 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A four year old walks into a room with a great idea for a movie, and unfortunately his father is president of a “motion picture group.” Millions of dollars and four years later, this child’s idea became “Monster Trucks,” one of the strangest movies ever conceived.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The father was Adam Goodman, who in 2013 put the green light on the picture (the story may be a bit exaggerated, there are other reports that Goodman merely observed his son playing with trucks, and came up with the concept himself). Filming began and was wrapped in 2014, and then the slow painful slog of the movie Paramount Studios didn’t want to release started its painful journey to the 2017 debut in January (Friday the 13th, appropriately enough). The result is a overworked and strained effort to deliver the descriptive, “trucks are powered by actual monsters.” Aimed toward the kids, but also »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blac Chyna Flaunts Her Curves in Stunning New Photo Shoot -- See the Pics!

18 January 2017 3:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Blac Chyna is flaunting her curves!

The 28-year-old reality star showed off her post-baby body on Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a string of shots from a stunning new photo shoot.

Related: Blac Chyna Hits the Town With Rob Kardashian in a Revealing Jumpsuit: Pics!

In the gorgeous snaps, Chyna rocks a pale pink crop top with a matching pencil skirt and jacket, along with strappy nude heels.

The mother of two chose soft makeup tones, and a long platinum blonde wig to finish off the gorgeous look.

"You're truly," she captioned one smoldering close-up shot.

Watch: Blac Chyna's Son King Couldn't Be More Excited to See Monster Trucks -- Watch!

Aside from the occasional flood of sexy Instagram snaps, the Rob & Chyna star has been proudly showing off her two children on social media.

Chyna welcomed daughter Dream, her first child with fiancé Rob Kardashian, in November. The new bundle of joy joins Chyna's 4-year-old son, King »

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Giveaway – Win Monster Truck Run of Engagement Passes And Spin Master Toys

18 January 2017 11:58 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg is giving away Monster Truck Run-Of-Engagement passes and Spin Master toys to celebrate the release of the film.

Check out more cool Monster Trucks toys from Spin Master, available only at Toys R Us!

Directed by Chris Wedge Monster Trucks opened in theaters January 13, 2017.

The movie stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Frank Whaley, and Thomas Lennon.

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, »

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Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot

18 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” are poised to fight for the North American box office crown with about $20 million each this coming weekend.

Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Universal is launching “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, at approximately 3,015 North American venues. Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script.

Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project. »

- Dave McNary

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The joy of finding a surprise, excellent movie to watch

18 January 2017 5:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 19, 2017

Phantom Boy is playing in a limited number of UK cinemas this weekend. It's just the kind of surprise that's hard to find in modern movies.

I’ve written before about my love of Saturday and Sunday morning kids' clubs at multiplexes, where you can take your anklebiters to see a film that’s a couple of months post-its release. Such screenings are a godsend to parents of fidgety children, or those of us trying to introduce our youngsters to the cinema. There’s a kinship in there. Nobody goes in expecting children to be perfectly quiet, and there’s usually a spirit of tolerance and some degree of shared film love. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s not a bad value couple of hours either, given that the price tends to be lowered too.

See related  Split review M Night Shyamalan interview: Split, non-conformity, creative freedom

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Holiday Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Repeats On Mlk Weekend While ‘Patriots’ & Others Tank

17 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here's your estimated 4-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Hidden Figures - $26.0 million ($60.3 million total) 2. Sing - $19.1 million ($238.3 million total) 3. La La Land - $17.5 million ($77.0 million total) 4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $17.1 million ($502.2 million total) 5. The Bye Bye Man - $15.3 million ($15.3 million total) 6. Monster Trucks - $15.0 million ($15.0 million total) 7. Patriots Day - $13.6 million ($14.5 million total) 8. Sleepless - $9.8 million ($14.5 million total) 9. Underworld: Blood Wars - $7.3 million ($25.4 million total) 10. Passengers - $6.5 million ($90.8 million total)   The Big Stories On this holiday weekend where we celebrate Martin Luther King, film studios flooded the marketplace and may have...

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Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?

17 January 2017 8:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece, »

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‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

16 January 2017 9:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Ads placed for the thriller, the third in the “xXx” franchise, had an estimated media value of $6.87 million through Sunday for 1,089 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan. 9-15. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount Pictures prioritized its TV ad budget toward sports, spending heavily on airings during NFL Football and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Just behind “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” in second place: Paramount’s “Monster Trucks,” which saw 1,689 national ad airings across 33 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.33 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Split” (Emv: $5.72 million), Warner Bros.’ “Live by Night »

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Figure-atively speaking

16 January 2017 1:26 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

For the second weekend in a row, Hidden Figures is the No. 1 movie in America, earning $20.4 million over the weekend and causing Hollywood executives to call meetings to discuss how they could have underestimated the popularity of an uplifting prestige drama featuring familiar and beloved actors simply because its protagonists are neither white nor male.

It didn’t hurt, of course, that last week’s new wide releases were all about as exciting as a bowl of overcooked ramen noodles. There’s The Bye Bye Man, which actually turned out to be kind of a success at No. 4 with $13.4 million (nearly twice its $7.4 million production budget), outperforming analysts’ pessimistic predictions and once again proving the power of low expectations. Then we’ve got Monster Trucks, which made $10.5 million from parents not picky enough to wait for quality children’s fare ...

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- Katie Rife

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