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Split By M. Night Shyamalan Is Box Office Champ With 40 Million (Update)

2/8/2017 For the third straight week Split has topped the box office. During the Super Bowl weekend, no less. Vulture reports that the M. Night’s thriller bested Rings which in all honesty didn’t look good. Regardless, this is a win for Split.


Adding another $15 million or so, Split’s total now stands at just under $100 million domestically, meaning it should be M. Night’s first nine-digit performer since The Last Airbender in 2010, and only his second since 2004, when The Village made $114 million.


Overall, these are not scary numbers, but they signal a turning point for the film maker. And that is a good thing.

In its opening weekend, Split beat out something called XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. In 3,015 theaters, Split took the lead by a horse with $40.2 million to the second closest which was XXX in 3,600 theaters with $20 million. Wah, wah, wah.

Split is a psychological horror movie directed and written by Shyamalan:

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 of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.


This is good news for the director who is best known for his first film The Sixth Sense, while the tragically underrated Unbreakable is hardly mentioned, he has really been lambasted for putting out mediocre stuff since then. With some good reviews of The Visit, Split is an uptick for M. Night, who is a talented director. Here’s hoping his success continues.

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