Box Office Update: 'Split' Continues to Reign As It Spends Its Third Week On Top

Critically acclaimed director of the famous series "Wayward Pines" M. Night Shyamalan is at it again with the new psychological thriller "Split."-a movie where innocent victims are held captive by a madman diagnosed with multiple personalities (23 to be exact).

Two-time Oscar nominee, M. Night Shyamalan, after directing top of the chart movies now stars James McAvoy who plays the lead character as a man who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder and is a victim of childhood abuse, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley in the movie "Split".

According to Director Shyamalan, it took him years before he actually wrote the screenplay. He explained he had written the character already, and he had written out a few scenes, which is unusual for him.

"It sat there for a long time, and I really don't have a clear reason why I didn't pull the trigger earlier. But this felt like the perfect time to do it, with the type of movies I'm doing now, and the type of tones I am interested in - humor and suspense." Director Shyamalan added.

The film was theatrically released on January 20, 2017, bagging a massive $14.6 million from the North American box office. In recent claims, the movie has already bagged $98.7 million after 17 days in the U.S. and Canada and another $44 million coming from international territories making the film on top for three straight weeks.

At no. 2 spot is the "Ring" franchise which was released 12 years after the last installment bagging $35 million. The film cost $25 million to make, collects $13 million in domestic ticket sales for Paramount Pictures. The last entry in this supernatural horror franchise, "The Ring Two," bagged $35.1 million over its first three days in 2005, or $43 million at today's ticket prices.

According to reviews, "Split" is an experience of a thriller with a killer premise, committed lead performance, and a clever twist, but a tone that is so all over the place that audiences are unsure whether to laugh or scream on the way there.

"Split" is also marked as the first Universal release to have held the No. 1 domestic position for three weeks in a row since "Straight Outta Compton" in 2015.

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