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The Bottom Line: January 20, 2016: 23 Personalities And A SPLIT Ain’t One

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The Bottom Line: January 20, 2016

Quick Takes – M. Night Shyamalan and Xander Cage compete for the biggest comeback this weekend. Find out what you should go see in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!

Box Office Top Five

Hidden Figures kept the number one spot for the second week in a row with $20.5 million. La La Land rode that Golden Globes momentum to second place with $14.6 million. Sing took third with $13.9 million while Rogue One dropped to fourth with $13.8 million. The Bye Bye Man opened in fifth with $13.4 million.

Here is a look at a few films that are opening on January 20th.

Split (PG-13) 116 mins.

M. Night Shyamalan is on the verge of a comeback. After a decade of increasingly worse and worse movies, the filmmaker started to turn things around in 2015 with the low-budget horror-comedy The Visit. Shyamalan sticks to the low-budget horror thing with Split, but adds a terrific James McAvoy performance at the film’s center. The film looks like it will do very well with audiences. I wouldn’t be surprised if it opened at number one.

The Founder (PG-13) 115 mins.

The story of Ray Croc and the beginnings of McDonald’s, The Founder stars Michael Keaton in what is probably a great performance. The film was being positioned to win some Oscars, but it hasn’t gotten a huge marketing push and there’s a ton of competition at the moment. In all likelihood, The Founder will come and go, and won’t make much of a dent at the box office.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (PG-13) 110 mins.

Fifteen years later, Vin Diesel returns to one of the biggest roles of his early career. xXx: Return of Xander Cage sees Diesel back as the extreme sports James Bond, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, and more. Honestly, if you’re not sold just from the sight of watching Diesel ride a motorcycle on the ocean, then we have nothing more to discuss. I predict this opens at number two, right behind Split.

The Bottom Line

Split will open in first place, while xXx will take second. Hidden Figures will drop to third. Sing will continue being a solid performer in fourth place, followed by La La Land in fifth.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Resident Evil: The Final ChapterA Dog’s PurposeGold (January 27th)


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Michael Smith

Mike Smith is an avid filmgoer from New York who loves to hear his own voice – luckily his work as a podcaster on FilmBook allows him to do just that. Mike graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in communications, and is ready to dole out critical analysis of all your pop culture fixations. Mike is the host of FilmBookCast and can frequently be seen at his local movie theater, patiently explaining to his friends that Superman Returns is a misunderstood masterpiece.

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