Weekend box office – Glass opens soft at no.1, Dragon Ball film surprises

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I couldn’t wait for Glass to either blow away the competition or completely bomb at the box office this weekend past. See I had all these puns lined up all about “shattered records” or “cracked performance” etc. Unfortunately, Glass came in exactly about average. Hey, I guess you could say it was neither… half full or half empty! Nailed it!

While Night Shyamalan’s unexpected sequel to Unbreakable and Split had been tracking for a huge $80 million opening in the US alone, not-so-nice reviews lowered those predictions in the last few weeks. In the end, Glass even came in a little short of the studio’s reworked $50 million estimates with a $40.5 million debut. This is actually a 4-day weekend in the US thanks to Martin Luther King Day today so more money will be made to take it in line with estimates, but that 3-day total was already enough to grab the top spot in the US.

Meanwhile, Glass more than doubled its domestic figures on the international market with another $48.5 million. With a global total just shy of $89 million on a $20 million budget (all of which was financed by Shyamalan out of his own money), the film is undoubtedly a financial success already, even if it’s not quite as big some had hoped it would be.

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Holding firm in 2nd place, The Upside used a moderate expansion to add another $15.6 million. That wasn’t the other big story in the top 3 though. The only other newcomer on the charts this weekend past, anime spinoff feature film Dragon Ball Super: Broly blew away all expectations as it kamehameha’d its way into 3rd place with a $10.6 million weekend take after pulling in another combined $10.4 million from Wednesday/Thursday preview screenings. Outside of Glass, the FUNimation Film production actually had the biggest per-theatre-average weekend earning on the charts by a huge margin. The film has already been playing in some international markets for weeks now and has earned just short of $87 million worldwide.

Superheroes round out the top 5 as Aquaman falls to just barely gets beaten by Dragon Ball and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse holds down the middle of the charts. In the case of Aquaman, the additional $10.3 million was enough to push its domestic total past the $300 million mark.

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There wasn’t much else noteworthy on the domestic charts this weekend past, but Bumblebee (which is sitting in 9th in the US) pulled in another $20.9 million to help push its global tally past the $400 million milestone. Thanks to a strong international reception (and it is still to open in Japan, traditionally a very strong market for Transformers), the reboot/prequel has quietly become a solid box office success story.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1Glass $40.5 million NE $40.5 million $89 million NE
2The Upside $15.6 million -23% $43.9 million $48 million 2nd
3Dragon Ball Super: Broly $10.6 million NE $21 million $86.9 million NE
4Aquaman $10.3 million -40% $304 million $1.06 billion 2nd
5Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $7.2 million -19% $158.2 million $322.8 million 4th
6A Dog's Way Home $7.1 million -36% $21.2 million $26.3 million 3rd
7Escape Room $5.2 million -40% $40.7 million $53.7 million 5th
8Mary Poppins Returns $5.2 million -31% $158.7 million $306 million 6th
9Bumblebee $4.6 million -35% $115.9 million $412.3 million 7th
10On the Basis of Sex $3.9 million -34% $16.8 million $17.5 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: January 21, 2019

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