Box Office: “Split’ Tops for the Second Week With $26 Million

One film is showing some impressive endurance. Blumhouse and Univeral’s “Split” managed to hold on to the top spot for the second straight weekend, earning $26.3 million.

The low-budget thriller film has made $78 million domestically, and marks a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan.

Despite the TMZ videos and boycott threats, “A Dog’s Purpose” still managed to pull in family audiences, who apparently were not convinced of the significance of footage of a cowering German Shepherd being forced into rushing water.

The story of a dog who gets reincarnated, living through and playing “man’s best friend” to multiple masters, brought in $18.4 million in its opening weekend.

Sony’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” debuted to $13.8 million for a fourth place finish. The latest installment in the video game franchise has earned nearly $80 million worldwide.

“‘Resident Evil’ is built for an international audience,” he said, adding, “This is a perfect example of looking at a film as a global film and not as a U.S.-centric one.”

It’s also in keeping with what Sony chief Tom Rothman has tried to emphasize since taking over at the studio in 2015. Under Rothman, Sony has built up its local language division, creating more films targeted at foreign audiences, while emphasizing pictures like “Blade Runner 2” and “Spider-Man:

Homecoming” that are geared at the global marketplace. With the weekend’s grosses, the “Resident Evil” series has now cruised past the $1 billion mark to become the biggest video game-based franchise in history.

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