With three new, fairly big releases this weekend we here at Initial Reaction did our best to try and cover as much ground as possible. Given Arkansas doesn't get many (if any) press screenings we are forced to see the new releases on Thursday nights leaving room for only two movies. And so, while Charles and I saw Gold, the latest starring Matthew McConaughey, followed by A Dog's Purpose a few members of our crew saw the supposed final installment in the Resident Evil franchise and shared their thoughts on it. Needless to say, it was a busy weekend. Still, none of these new releases could stop the momentum of Split which finished its second weekend dropping a mere 34% from its debut weekend to deliver a $26.26 million sophomore frame. This stellar performance has earned the film a fantastic domestic total of $78 million after just ten days in release. Coming in second was another Universal release in the now controversial A Dog's Purpose. With an estimated $18.38 million the film more or less performed on par with expectations despite the bad press it received in the weeks leading up to its release. It doesn't hurt that the people who went to see it seemed to like it as well meaning the $22 million picture should have strong enough legs to push it past $60 million domestic making it a wise investment and a potential franchise starter should Universal sees it fit to make a few more of these (W. Bruce Cameron's source material yielded a sequel called A Dog's Journey, so who knows). As for Resident Evil and Gold, both underwhelmed though this was expected as far as Gold was concerned given the would-be Oscar contender was basically dumped as hard as The Founder was by The Weinstein Co. With an estimated $13.85 million this was the smallest opening of any film in the Resident Evil franchise, with The Final Chapter opening lower even than the original 2002 film. And then, way down in the tenth spot we find Gold which mined a $3.47 million opening weekend likely to never be heard from again. As always, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week!

Read my full A Dog's Purpose review here.

Read my full Gold review here.

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