Weekend box office: Glass wins the slow Super Bowl weekend

It would be easy to blame the Super Bowl for the very lackluster weekend box office numbers, especially since everyone in two of America’s largest cities will be captivated by the big game.  But the other thing to keep in mind is that there was nothing in the way of a new release this weekend.  The closest thing was MISS BALA, which barely managed $6.5 million.  I understand studios not wanting to compete with the Super Bowl, but this year they completely gave up on trying.  Or, maybe studios are scared of the movies coming next weekend.  Either way, it paved the way for GLASS to take the top spot again.  On a sad note, SERENITY fell out of the top 10 on its second week.  I assume the film will find a home on home video, but I’m not sure that will make up for the terrible box office showing.

Next week should belong to THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART.  The only competition it will face is SPIDER-MAN, which has been out for over a month now.  The film is getting good reviews and kids loved the first, so there’s no reason to believe the sequel won’t at least come close to the $69 million opening of the original.  That should be good enough for the top spot, but don’t count out WHAT MEN WANT, starring Taraji P. Henson.  It’s a reverse play on the 2000 Mel Gibson film, but it’s had a good marketing push and like THE LEGO MOVIE 2, it doesn’t have any competition in the form of comedies.  The movies should go 1 and 2 at the weekend box office, with the holdovers falling in line behind them.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Glass $9.5m

2. The Upside $8.5m

3. Miss Bala $6.5m

4. Aquaman $4.8m

5. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse $4.5m

6. Green Book $4.4m

7. The Kid Who Would Be King $4.2m

8. A Dog’s Way Home $4m

9. Escape Room $3.6m

10. They Shall Not Grow Old $2m

(Deadline)

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