Weekend Box Office (January 18 - 20, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND M. Night Shyamalan was back in the number one spot with his latest thriller Glass which debuted to an estimated $40.6M over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame. The PG-13 film delivered an opening that was almost identical to the $40M of the director's last film Split from this same weekend two years ago. The surprise ending of that film revealed that the story was in the same universe as Shyamalan's 2000 film Unbreakable which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The stars of both films came together for this new entry.
Many in the industry believed that Glass would open bigger than Split given the additional starpower of Willis and Jackson, more upfront interest for a franchise film, and the holiday weekend which allows Sunday drops to be smaller than usual. Reviews were more negative than positive for Glass which may have turned some audiences off. Consumer feedback is so-so with the CinemaScore grade being a B.
Glass averaged a solid $10,566 from 3,841 locations and the $48.5M overseas debut weekend made for a global bow of $89.1M. Studio data showed that the crowd was 54% male and 65% over 25. With a reported budget of only $20M, Glass should go on to become a moneymaker.
The Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston comedy The Upside displayed terrific legs in its second weekend of play sliding down only 23% to an estimated $15.7M taking second place. STX has banked $44M to date and expects a solid Monday gross on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Film critics were not too impressed by the film, but audiences have been very pleased and that's what has driven the box office success. A final in the $85-90M range may result.
Powering its way to a third place launch was the popular anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly which captured an estimated $10.7M this weekend from only 467 locations for a potent $22,805 average. Since its mid-week launch, Funimation has taken in an impressive $21M. Reviews were generally good and the excited fan base turned out in large numbers for this decades-old brand which remains popular today.
Box office juggernaut Aquaman ranked fourth this weekend with an estimated $10.3M in its fifth round dropping 41%. The Warner Bros. smash broke through the $300M domestic mark on Saturday and climbed to $304.3M tying Skyfall for number 75 on the all-time list. Aquaman is the sixth film from 2018 to join the century club and five have been super hero movies. The overseas gross broke the $750M mark with an incredible $759.1M to date putting the global tally at $1.063 billion. Look for a finish of around $1.14 billion making it the biggest DC movie ever and the second largest Warner Bros. film of all-time after the final Harry Potter.
Still holding up well and staying in the top five for a sixth straight weekend was the acclaimed toon Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse with an estimated $7.3M. The Sony hit slipped only 20% for the smallest decline in the top ten, raising its total to $158.3M. Global is now $322.9M.
A Dog's Way Home fell 37% to an estimated $7.1M putting its sum at $21.3M for Sony. The studio also saw its thriller Escape Room drop 41% to an estimated $5.3M putting the cume at $40.7M.
The musical Mary Poppins Returns followed with an estimated $5.2M, down 32%, for a new cume of $158.7M for Disney and $306M worldwide. Emily Blunt has scored back-to-back $150M+ blockbusters with last April's A Quiet Place doing $188M and now Poppins which is on its way to over $170M. The two acting roles could not be more different.
Paramount saw its action spin-off Bumblebee take in an estimated $4.7M falling 35%. Total is now $115.9M with global up to $412.3M. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg film On The Basis of Sex rounded out the top ten with an estimated $4M, off 35%, for $16.9M to date for Focus.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $110.7M over the Friday-to-Sunday span which was down 14% from last year's MLK weekend when Jumanji stayed at number one with $28.1M; and off 7% from 2017's holiday when Hidden Figures held the top spot with $20.9M.
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|#||Title||Jan 18 - 21||Jan 11 - 13||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Glass||$ 46,504,950||3,841||1||$ 12,108||$ 46,504,950||Universal|
|4||Dragon Ball Super: Broly||11,900,000||1,243||1||9,574||22,400,000||Funimation|
|5||Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse||10,151,020||9,050,583||12.2||2,712||6||3,743||161,152,405||Sony|
|6||A Dog's Way Home||9,920,103||11,251,263||-11.8||3,090||2||3,210||24,088,599||Sony|
|7||Mary Poppins Returns||7,160,890||7,650,693||-6.4||2,810||5||2,548||160,648,704||Disney|
|10||On The Basis of Sex||4,769,055||6,070,615||-21.4||1,957||4||2,437||17,680,802||Focus|
|11||The Mule||3,859,806||5,674,006||-32.0||2,688||6||1,436||97,284,495||Warner Bros.|
|12||Ralph Breaks the Internet||3,302,853||2,258,077||46.3||1,936||9||1,706||194,361,885||Disney|
|16||If Beale Street Could Talk||2,097,348||2,406,742||-12.9||1,018||6||2,060||10,912,908||Annapurna|
|17||The Favourite||1,001,538||1,108,173||-9.6||517||9||1,937||22,990,563||Fox Searchlight|
|18||Uri: The Surgical Strike||1,000,869||631,146||58.6||117||2||8,554||1,958,847||PackYourBag|
|20||A Star Is Born||740,863||1,124,102||-34.1||415||16||1,785||204,801,596||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 99,669,021||$ 66,936,432||48.9|
|Top 20 vs. MLK 2018||154,893,201||189,992,182||-18.5|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: January 20, 2019 at 1:55PM ET
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