It was relatively stable weekend at the box office, as last week’s number one held on to the top spot, while new releases made virtually no impact whatsoever.
M Nigh Shyamalan’s Glass brought in an estimated $19 million, exactly how we thought it would end up. The film’s two week-total now stands $73 million, about $4 million behind where Split was at the time of its run, but that was a standalone film for the most part with its connection to Unbreakable not part of its marketing. I suppose I’m making some excuses for Glass‘ lack of mega-success, but I remember how lacklustre Unbreakable was perceived when it first arrives, and I feel that that’s what we’re seeing here.
I had the chance to view Glass this weekend and 100% enjoyed the film. I felt all of the leads delivered stellar work, and that the story was grounded and thoughtful. The word I actually used at one point was “soul”. This is not an action film; it’s not a thriller; and it’s certainly not a Marvel or DC-style superhero film. Just like Unbreakable wasn’t, either. While it may circle those genres or styles, Glass to me was a drama about exceptional characters dealing with their lives. I loved it a lot, more than Split, which, while I certainly enjoyed, I haven’t felt compelled to revisit. While I could be mistaken, I do envision myself returning again and again to Glass.
As for the rest of the top five, The Upside was in second place with $12 million. Aquaman was in third place with $7.3 million, followed close behind it in in fourth with the debuting The Kid Who Would Be King with $7.2 million. Those two could switch spots when the actuals arrive on Monday. Finally, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse closed things out in fifth place with $6.1 million.
Serenity was a total bust, landing outside the top five with just $4.8 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Glass – $19 million
2) The Upside – $11 million
3) The Kid Who Would Be Kid – $10 million
4) Aquaman – $7 million
5) Serenity – $5 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Glass – $19 million
2) The Upside – $12 million
3) Aquaman – $7.3 million
4) The Kid Who Would Be Kid – $7.2 million
5) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $6.1 million
Next weekend sees the release of Miss Bala. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!