Glass, M. Night Syhamalan’s latest entry in the Unbreakable/Split series, has won the weekend box office with an estimate $40.5 million domestic.
While not blowing anybody away, the $40.5 million haul is still great considering the film’s rather low budget of $20 million (financed by Shyamalan himself). In the movie world you normally need to double a film’s budget to break even as advertising is just as costly as producing a film, so no matter what happens from here on out, Glass is a success based on its domestic take alone. Additionally, the film pulled in $48.5 million from overseas, adding up to an impressive $89 million worldwide haul so far.
If you haven’t seen Glass and are wondering if it’s any good, you can check out Fan Fest’s review right here.
In the Number 2 spot is The Upside with $15.6 million in its second week of release, dropping 23% from its $20.3 million opening weekend. The Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart starring vehicle now sits at nearly $44 million domestic with an additional $1.3 million from foreign theaters for a worldwide total of $45.2 million. Surprisingly, this film cost nearly double what Glass cost to produce, at $37.5 million, so it still has a ways to go to be considered a hit. Still, it’s off to a decent start – if not performing as well as the studio most likely hoped.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly made a dent at #3 with an estimated $10.6 million (only $0.3 million more than Aquaman) and a Domestic total of $21 million since it’s opening on Tuesday, January 15th. The film’s budget is currently unknown, so I can’t make guesses as to how good an opening this is, but for this animated film the future certainly looks bright. Overseas the film has already brought in $65 million for a worldwide total of nearly $87 million, and that is just based on estimates. The real total could go up (or down) once FUNimation Films, the film’s domestic distributor, releases their actual totals. If the $10.6 million holds up it looks like Dragon Ball will has beat out Aquaman for third place, which is impressive in its own right.
Here is the full weekend breakdown (Weekend Total/Current Domestic Total/Worldwide Total)
- Glass ($40,586,000 / $40,586,000 / $89,086,000)
- The Upside ($15,670,000 / $43,983,439 / $48,083,439)
- Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($10,657,442 / $21,077,471 / $86,932,452)
- Aquaman ($10,330,000 / $304,336,848 / $1,063,436,858)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse ($7,255,000 / $158,256,385 / $322,856,385)
- A Dog’s Way Home ($7,110,000 / $21,278,496 / $26,378,496)
- Escape Room ($5,275,000 / $40,700,948 / $53,700,948)
- Mary Poppins Returns ($5,244,000 / $158,731,8144 / $306,031,814)
- Bumblebee ($4,660,000 / $115,943,676 / $412,343,676)
- On the Basis of Sex ($3,965,000 / $16,876,747 / $17,544,706)
In #4 Aquaman is still going strong, though it is beginning to show signs of slipping. At $10.3 million the DC juggernaut (didn’t expect to ever say that) has been raking in the cash for weeks, so despite it losing steam in its 5th weekend, don’t feel sorry for DC. In fact, this film may have single-handedly saved the DC Universe – even though recent reports state that DC is getting rid of their DCEU and taking a different approach. Hopefully DC can continue to push out films that are as successful as Aqauman and the company heeds consumers complaints and figures out a game plan that works for them, rather than trying to copy Marvel’s success. Aquaman has certainly been a step in the right direction.
Of course, Fan Fest also has a review of Aquaman, which you can check out right here!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse is also still hanging on in its 6th weekend of release, with $7.2 million and a great worldwide total of $322 million. I’ll admit that I didn’t expect to see this film have such success, but I am ecstatic knowing that an animated superhero film can hold its own against larger live-action blockbusters. A great movie in its own right, the film really does deserve all the success it is getting (including its recent Best Animated Feature win) and I hope that this is not the last we see of this wonderful universe. Of course, you can check out our review here.
Unfortunately, at number 8, Mary Poppins Returns doesn’t seem to be hanging on too well. While the current $306 million worldwide total is by no means a flop, I’m sure Disney was hoping for another billion dollar franchise. The film has broken even, and with streaming and movie sales will undoubtedly be profitable, but I’d be surprised if we see any further movies in the series as it seems most people have already forgotten the movie was released.
Many expected Mary Poppins Returns to possibly follow in the footsteps of last year’s The Greatest Showman, a movie which opened incredibly low at only $8 million but then through great word of mouth managed to work its way into $20+ million dollar weekends and a long and profitable run before finally settling at $174 million domestic and $434 million worldwide. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. Competition has just been too fierce. While the movie is good (check out Fan Fest’s review here), it just wasn’t special enough to keep audiences coming back or to become a must see theatrical event – many will just wait to catch the film on Blu-Ray when it is inevitably released three months down the line.
Sitting at #9 and dangerouly close to dropping out of the top 10 altogether, is Bumblebee. The latest Transformer’s based film has come and gone without much fanfare, despite great reviews. The film has not managed come anywhere near the Transformer’ franchise’s original Blockbuster standings, but was the best reviewed film in the series and has hung on long enough to garner $412 million worldwide, which more than covers the film’s $135 million budget, so hopefully Paramount continues to release more Transformer movies in the same vein.
And, as if you didn’t expect it by now, here’s our review of Bumblebee.
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