Box Office: 'Glass' Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
By Rebecca Rubin
LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 (Variety.com) - M. Night Shyamalan's
"Glass" topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a
four-day sum of $47 million.
If estimates hold, "Glass" will come in behind "American
Sniper" ($107 million) and "Ride Along" ($48 million) as the
third-best showing for both January and MLK holiday weekend.
The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000's "Unbreakable"
and 2016's "Split," came in slightly behind Universal Pictures'
projections heading into the weekend. It's still a solid
showing, to be sure, given the movie's $20 million budget. But
given the cult status of "Unbreakable" and the surprise success
of "Split," industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start
Shyamalan self-financed "Glass," leaving marketing and
distribution to Universal in the States and Buena Vista
International for the overseas rollout.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday usually sees a number of
new offerings, but studios largely sat this weekend out to make
room for "Glass." With that said, a number of holdovers rounded
out box office charts.
STX Films and Lantern Entertainment's "The Upside" saw a
surprisingly strong second weekend, adding another $15.67
million over the three-day frame. The film is projected to earn
$19.5 million for the four-day weekend, which would put its
domestic tally at $47.82 million. Overseas, the comedic drama
starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston has made $4.1 million
from 33 markets.
"The Upside's" weekend haul was enough to secure second
place, while Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" looks to come in at No. 3.
DC's latest superhero adventure, starring Jason Momoa as the
Atlantean King, crossed a major milestone in North America.
"Aquaman" has now surpassed $300 million in ticket sales after
adding $10 million in its fifth week of release. Globally, the
aquatic tentpole has generated over $1 billion in box office
A surprise contender, Japanese anime film "Dragon Ball
Super: Broly," could surpass "Aquaman" for third place when
final numbers come in on Monday. The sci-fi fantasy secured a
huge $7 million debut on Wednesday and is expected to bring in
around $10 million over the four-day holiday for a domestic
total of $20 million. "Broly," the 20th film in the "Dragon
Ball" series, has pocketed $50 million internationally.
Meanwhile, two Sony titles will duke it out for fifth place.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "A Dog's Way Home" each
pulled in $7 million over the three-day frame and should make
around $9 million with Monday's bounty. That would bring the
domestic tally of "Spider-Verse" to $161 million and "A Dog's
Way Home" to $24 million.
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