Dog's Purpose Doesn't Roll Over

Flick about man's best friend relatively unscathed by controversy, but 'Split' rules
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2017 12:03 PM CST
This image released by Universal Pictures shows James McAvoy in a scene from "Split."   (John Baer/Universal Pictures via AP)
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(Newser) A Dog's Purpose has underperformed slightly at the box office as it opened in theaters amid controversy over animal treatment on set and calls for a boycott. Based on early projections, the family film was expected to open in the mid $20-million range, reports the AP, but studio estimates Sunday indicated it took in $18.4 million for a second-place start. Yet it's hardly a bomb for a movie that cost only $22 million to produce. First place went again to M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personality thriller Split. It grossed $26.3 million, representing a 34% drop from its first weekend. Rounding out the top five were Hidden Figures with $14 million, new opener Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with $13.9 million, and La La Land, which has now earned over $100 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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