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Horror Thriller “Split” Leads Weekend Box Office

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 10:07 AM

The horror-thriller “Split” led the way at North American theaters over the weekend, spoiling the debut of “A Dog’s Purpose,” which was dogged by protests by animal-rights activists, according to final figures released Monday.

“Split” earned $25.7 million between Friday and Sunday to top the box office, according to comScore.

“A Dog’s Purpose” opened with $18.2 million. The film was the target of some protests following the release of a behind-the-scenes video of a dog fighting efforts by an on-set trainer to lower it into a wave tank. One of the film’s producers has denounced the video as misleading and not a fair portrayal of the treatment of animals on the movie set.

“Hidden Figures,” which snagged a Screen Actors Guild Award Sunday for best ensemble film cast, took third place at the box office with $14 million, giving it a six-week haul of $104 million.

The horror film “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opened in fourth place with $13.6 million, followed by Oscar front-runner “La La Land,” with $12.2 million.

Rounding out the top 10 films of the weekend were “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” ($8.6 million); “Sing” ($6.4 million); “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ($5.3 million); “Monster Trucks” ($4.2 million); and “Gold” ($3.5 million).

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