Glass doesn't break under pressure, tops box office second week in a row
Glass is reflecting well on its creators.
The M. Night Shyamalan thriller is primed to exceed expectations with a decline of 53 percent to hold on to the top spot at the box office for two weeks running. It slides into first place with an estimated $19 million in ticket sales at 3,844 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, bringing its North American total to $73.6 million over the course of its first two weekends. Globally, it’s brought in an estimated $162.7 million.
Featuring actors and characters from Split and Unbreakable, Glass stars Bruce Willis as a security guard with superhuman strength and a sixth sense about bad guys, who tangles with a murderous genius with brittle bones (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ex-zoo employee with multiple personalities (James McAvoy), one of whom is a feral killer known as the Beast. Critics’ reviews have been lukewarm, while audiences gave Glass a mediocre B CinemaScore. Its cinematic cousin Split similarly topped the box office in 2018 for two weeks running, but its two-week haul was $84.1 million in contrast to Glass’ $73.6 million in its first two weekends in theaters.
STX Films’ The Upside continues to stay in the top three, coming in at second place with an estimated $12.2 million domestic haul, while the power of Aquaman remains strong with an estimated $7.35 million in its sixth weekend in theaters. Aquaman continues to swim to new heights, now officially the biggest DC movie of all time, the third largest Warner Bros. release of all time, and one of the top 25 movies of all time industry-wide with a global haul of $1.09 billion.
New releases Serenity and The Kid Who Would Be King both fell short of expectations, coming in at eighth and fourth, respectively. A family-friendly take on Arthurian legend, The Kid Who Would Be King will nab the fourth spot with an estimated $7.3 million across 3,124 theaters — not a great start for a film that reportedly cost about $60 million to make. Directed by Joe Cornish, the British-U.S. production from Working Title and 20th Century Fox follows a young boy (Andy Serkis’ son Louis Ashbourne Serkis) as he discovers Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart also star.
The film garnered mostly strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, but it still failed to claim its place in the hierarchy of movies inspired by Arthurian legend. It fared slightly worse than the last King Arthur film, the much-maligned Charlie Hunnam led King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which opened to $15.4 million in 2017.
Serenity looks to be a massive bomb, with an estimated take of $4.8 million in its opening weekend across 2,561 theaters. Directed by Steven Knight, Aviron’s noir thriller stars Matthew McConaughey as a fishing boat captain with a shadowy past, which materializes in the form of a glamorous woman, played by Anne Hathaway, who crashes into his simple life on a small Caribbean island. Diane Lane, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Clarke, and Jeremy Strong also star.
The film seems universally reviled, earning both negative reviews and a pitiful D+ CinemaScore from audiences. It marks the worst wide-release opening of Hathaway’s career, falling below her previous low, 2011’s One Day, which opened to $5 million.
Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounds out the top five with an estimated total of $6.2 million in its seventh weekend, bringing its domestic total to $169 million. Earning an Oscar bump, Universal’s Green Book increased its total weekend haul by an estimated 150 percent, adding 1,518 locations in the wake of a slew of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, for an estimated total of $5.4 million in the sixth spot.
Overall box office is down 13 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Jan. 25-27 numbers below.
1. Glass — $19 million
2. The Upside — $12.2 million
3. Aquaman — $7.4 million
4. The Kid Who Would Be King— $7.3 million
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $6.2 million
6. Green Book — $5.4 million
7. A Dog’s Way Home — $5.2 million
8. Serenity — $4.8 million
9. Escape Room — $4.3 million
10. Mary Poppins Returns — $3.1 million