‘Split’ Psyches Out ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ Heads to $34 Million Debut

Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” earned that day.

Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million.

“Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically acclaimed by critics – the film currently has a score of 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore of B+.

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“xXx,” which earned an estimated $7 million on Friday, was produced for a bigger budget of $85 million, in line with the budget of of “xXx: State of the Union,” the sequel to 2002’s original “xXx” film. “Return of Xander Cage” sees Diesel reprising his role as extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage.

The film also stars Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette and Samuel L. Jackson and was directed by D. J. Caruso. It opened in around 3,600 locations (including IMAX and 3D) and was estimated to earn from $18 million to $20 million this weekend, the studio predicted — as of Saturday morning, estimates have the film coming in at around $19 million.

“xXx” has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 42 percent and a CinemaScore of A-.

TWC’s “The Founder” stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc and portrays the acquisition of the McDonald’s franchise. This weekend, it opened in 1,100 locations and earned an estimated $1 million on Friday. A survey of tracking suggested the film will open higher than $3 million — a figure the studio would be happy with, TheWrap has learned.

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The film also stars Nick Offerman, John Caroll Lynch, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson and Laura Dern. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 82 percent.

BH Tilt’s “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is coming in below the production company’s estimate of $3 million — after grossing $380,000 on Friday, the faith-based film is now looking at a weekend gross of $1.1 million.

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” is expected to be a strong holdover in its third weekend at the box office and should easily take third place with another $16.8 million this weekend. On Friday, the drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae took in another $4.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $84.3 million when the weekend concludes.

“La La Land” is expected to earn $8.2 million for the three-day weekend, which would bring its domestic cumulative to over $89 million.

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Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” earned that day.

Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million.

“Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically acclaimed by critics – the film currently has a score of 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore of B+.

“xXx,” which earned an estimated $7 million on Friday, was produced for a bigger budget of $85 million, in line with the budget of of “xXx: State of the Union,” the sequel to 2002’s original “xXx” film. “Return of Xander Cage” sees Diesel reprising his role as extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage.

The film also stars Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette and Samuel L. Jackson and was directed by D. J. Caruso. It opened in around 3,600 locations (including IMAX and 3D) and was estimated to earn from $18 million to $20 million this weekend, the studio predicted — as of Saturday morning, estimates have the film coming in at around $19 million.

“xXx” has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 42 percent and a CinemaScore of A-.

TWC’s “The Founder” stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc and portrays the acquisition of the McDonald’s franchise. This weekend, it opened in 1,100 locations and earned an estimated $1 million on Friday. A survey of tracking suggested the film will open higher than $3 million — a figure the studio would be happy with, TheWrap has learned.

The film also stars Nick Offerman, John Caroll Lynch, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson and Laura Dern. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 82 percent.

BH Tilt’s “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is coming in below the production company’s estimate of $3 million — after grossing $380,000 on Friday, the faith-based film is now looking at a weekend gross of $1.1 million.

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” is expected to be a strong holdover in its third weekend at the box office and should easily take third place with another $16.8 million this weekend. On Friday, the drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae took in another $4.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $84.3 million when the weekend concludes.

“La La Land” is expected to earn $8.2 million for the three-day weekend, which would bring its domestic cumulative to over $89 million.

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