M Night Shyamalan's Split rules North America box office for second week

James McAvoy stars in Split.
James McAvoy stars in Split.PHOTO: UIP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Split, the latest M Night Shyamalan thriller about a man who imprisons three teenage girls in an underground bunker, topped the North American box office for a second week, preliminary Hollywood figures showed Sunday (Jan 29, 2017).

The movie - by the Indian-American director also responsible for the Sixth Sense and other films in the horror genre - stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 different personalities who preys on three girls. It earned US$26.3 million ($37.7 million) in estimated ticket sales this weekend.

Family-friendly A Dog's Purpose about a canine who continually comes back to life as different dogs searching for meaning, raked in some US$18.4 million in its first week.

The film came in second despite a call by animal lovers for a boycott after video footage emerged of an apparently terrified German Shepherd being forced into rushing water on the set.

Third place went to Hidden Figures, the true-life story of three black women mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men in space, which sold US$14.0 million in tickets.

Sci-fi action-thriller Resident Evil: The Final Chapter landed in fourth place with US$13.9 million in its first weekend out.

In fifth place was La La Land, a nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. It earned an estimated US$12.1 million over the weekend after garnering a boatload of accolades, including a record eight Golden Globes earlier this month.

Rounding out the Top 10 are: xXx: Return of Xander Cage (US$8.3 million) Sing (US$6.2 million) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (US$5.1 million) Monster Trucks (US$4.1 million) Gold (US$3.5 million)