Weekend box office: Glass easily takes the top spot

The long awaited sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s UNBREAKABLE finally hit theaters and it looks like fans were eager to celebrate it at the weekend box office.  Although maybe not as much as we originally thought.  GLASS (click the link to read our review) was of course able to take the top spot, but at just over $40 million, it’s just able to beat the opening of SPLIT from a few years ago.  For those keeping score, UNBREAKABLE opened with about $30 million, but I think expectations were a little higher for GLASS.  Critics were divided on the film with most giving it low marks and it feels like fans are down on it, maybe because the film didn’t give cater to certain fans’ expectations.  But either way, the film is a clear success.  The other new movie of the weekend was the anime DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY.  I am not a fan of anime and have no place in the world of anime, but I have to sheepishly admit that I had no idea DRAGON BALL was still a thing, let alone enough of a thing to merit a $7 million opening.  With that kind of opening, you’d think there would be more anime titles hitting theaters on a more consistent basis.

Next week sees a couple of new releases.  First up is SERENITY, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.  At one point early last year, there was Oscar talk around the film, especially given it stars to Academy Award winners.  But something happened along the way and that talk was quickly forgotten as the film got a late January release date.  There’s virtually no buzz on the film, so if you’re planning on seeing it, I wouldn’t expect much.  The other new movie of the weekend is THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, which is clearly targeting the family friendly crowds.  GLASS should have no problem making it two weeks in a row.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. Glass $42.8m

2. The Upside $15.2m

3. Aquaman $9.9m

4. A Dog’s Way Home $7.6m

5. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse $7.4m

6. Dragon Ball Super: Broly $7m

7. Mary Poppins Returns $5.3m

8. Escape Room $5.4m

9. Bumblebee $4.4m

10. On the Basis of Sex $4.1m

(Deadline)

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