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“Split” takes on “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” this weekend

Two new notable releases are looking to get you into movie theatres this weekend – do either of them have what it takes? Here’s our prediction:

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Split is a new horror film from M. Night Shyamalan, starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 different personalities who takes part in a kidnapping. Now, if this was five years ago, I would suggest that few would be all that interested in seeing Split, as Shyamalan was turning out dud after dud. However, 2015’s The Visit was a return to form and managed to gross more than $98 million on a $5 million budget. The trailers have been solid and interest in a solid horror movie should be strong. Look for a first place showing for Split with $22 million.

Also new this weekend is XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the third instalment in the XXX franchise starring Vin Diesel. While there’s no doubt the actor has a strong social media presence, and is also a big draw as part of the Fast and Furious franchise, as a solo star, Diesel simply can’t open a film –  2015’s The Last Witch Hunter couldn’t even deliver $30 million at the North American box office. While the trailer for XXX: Return of Xander Cage broke records, I don’t think that’s going to translate to big box office. Look for a second place debut with $19.5 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Hidden Figures will be in third place with $18 million. La La Land will claim fourth place with $12 million, while Sing will close things out in fifth place with $8 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Split – $22 million
2) XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – $19.5 million
3) Hidden Figures – $18 million
4) La La Land – $12 million
5) Sing – $8 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on January 20, 2017, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Split honestly sounds promising. I do hope it’s not another dud by the director…

    – Lashaan

  2. I’m torn about XXX … the stunts will be eye-boggling, and Vin is kinda fun, cos he plays Vin doing all sorts of cool stuff, but I might just wait for the DVD release. 🙂

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