The top five on the worldwide list look very different from the domestic charts, so you might want to keep on eye out for Kung Fu Yoga, which is No. 1 internationally with a take of $51.4 million over the weekend. That was followed by Journey to the West: Demons Strike Back ($35.3 million), Duckweed ($29.5 million), Split ($29.1 million) and Rings ($28.2 million).
There is only a marginal correlation between profits and what the critics say, but we like to look at the critics scores on Rotten Tomatoes, anyway. Just for laughs, if nothing else.
RT has it scored this way: La La Land (with a 93 percent approval rating), Hidden Figures (92 percent), followed by Lion (87 percent), Split (74 percent) and Sing (73 percent).
That’s it for RT recommended movies from the top 10 money makers. After that, given splats and yuks (or however they name those green splotches), we have xXx: Return of Xander Cage (44 percent), A Dog’s Purpose (35 percent), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (32 percent), The Space Between Us (18 percent) and Rings, which has a score so low I’m not sure my keyboard will accommodate it. Ok, the score is 5 percent, but really? That’s pretty low – even if it did earn more than a third of its $33 million budget over the weekend.