M. Night Shyamalan Is Feeling Much Better Now

After years without a hit, director's 'Split' takes a decisive win
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2017 12:20 PM CST
M. Night Shyamalan Is Feeling Much Better Now
M. Night Shyamalan attends a screening of "Split" at the SVA Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Split blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, reports the AP. Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, Split doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again brings together Shyamalan, director of The Sixth Sense, with the low-budget horror experts of Blumhouse Productions.

Split, starring James McAvoy, was made for less than $10 million. Opening in second place was the Vin Diesel action sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, with $20 million. It's the third film in the trilogy and first installment in 12 years. Last weekend's top film, the stirring mathematician drama Hidden Figures, held on well, sliding to third place with an estimated $16.3 million. (More box office stories.)

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