Home Videos Photos Shop
PerezHilton CocoPerez Taylor Swift Beyoncé Trump Selena Gomez PerezTV

A Dog's Purpose Crashes Hard At The Box Office As M. Night Shyamalan's Split Keeps The Top Spot!

no title

What could have been a cute movie tugging at your heart strings has turned into a controversial little flick that just isn't connecting with viewers at the box office.

A Dog's Purpose, mired in controversy over the film's mistreatment of dogs on set while shooting, came in far behind expectations this weekend at the box office, debuting to just $18.3 million from a little more than 3,000 theaters across North America.

Related: PETA Wants You To 'Grab A Pussy'… But Not A Dog!

In its place, Split — a sleeper hit directed by M. Night Shyamalan — came in first for the second straight weekend, taking in $26.3 million over the last three days and rising up to a two-week domestic total of about $78 million.

It's a good winner for Split, even if the other films opening this week were fairly light, but the real story here centers on A Dog's Purpose (pictured, above), and the Gavin Polone-produced flick that has been rocked after animal abuse allegations.

From a financial standpoint, A Dog's Purpose cost just $22 million to make, so it's still on track to get its money back and the financials are good — but the social damage done to what should have been a very popular, family-friendly feature film, cannot be understated.

Nevertheless, Universal domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou, citing the demographics (56% female viewers) and the high number of families that bought tickets, believes the film will end up doing just fine over the next few weeks:

"I'm very optimistic about [A Dog's Purpose] playing for weeks and weeks, especially in heartland and smaller markets."

We'll see about that!

And as for other new releases, the only big news to report is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which came in fourth at the box office (Hidden Figures stuck around — again — in third), and took in about $13.8 million from just over 3,000 theaters.

What do U think, Perezcious readers — did you see A Dog's Purpose or any other film this weekend?? Will U ever be going to see A Dog's Purpose??

Let us know in the comments (below)!

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Celebrity Hot Spots Around The World!
Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!
Stars Who've Shared The Same Roles With Their Children!
Moves That Are Sexy In Movies, But Not So Much IRL!
Former Child Stars & Their Scandals Since Stardom!
From Farce To Fatality -- Biggest Festival Fails Of All Time