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.
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.
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
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|
|1||Glass||$40.5 million||NE||$40.5 million||$89 million||NE|
|2||The Upside||$15.6 million||-23%||$43.9 million||$48 million||2nd|
|3||Dragon Ball Super: Broly||$10.6 million||NE||$21 million||$86.9 million||NE|
|4||Aquaman||$10.3 million||-40%||$304 million||$1.06 billion||2nd|
|5||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||$7.2 million||-19%||$158.2 million||$322.8 million||4th|
|6||A Dog's Way Home||$7.1 million||-36%||$21.2 million||$26.3 million||3rd|
|7||Escape Room||$5.2 million||-40%||$40.7 million||$53.7 million||5th|
|8||Mary Poppins Returns||$5.2 million||-31%||$158.7 million||$306 million||6th|
|9||Bumblebee||$4.6 million||-35%||$115.9 million||$412.3 million||7th|
|10||On the Basis of Sex||$3.9 million||-34%||$16.8 million||$17.5 million||8th|
NE = New Entry
Last Updated: January 21, 2019