With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget. In terms of some of the records it was eying this weekend, the three-day performance makes it the fourth largest January opening of all-time while on track to deliver the third largest Martin Luther King weekend performance of all-time.
Looking ahead, the film's debut is just ahead of 2017's Split, which opened with $40 million over the same weekend in 2017 and went on to gross over $138 million at the domestic box office. Glass received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which is actually a grade higher than the "C" Unbreakable earned back in 2000, though behind Split's "B+" which would also seem to reflect the critical response which saw Split receive a 76% RottenTomatoes rating compared to the 35% for Glass. Audiences were 54% male with 65% of the audience coming in aged 25 or older. The difference in gender demographic is an interesting one considering Split played more like a well-reviewed horror film over its run, playing to an audience that was 52% female, not to mention a much younger crowd with 48% of Split's opening audience aged 25 or older. That said, Glass could be looking at a domestic performance ending around $85-95 million.
Internationally, Glass is being distributed by Buena Vista International (excluding China) and grossed $48.5 million this weekend from 55 markets. Leading the way was Russia with an estimated $5.2 million followed by Mexico ($4.5m), UK ($4.3m), France ($3.4m), Korea ($2.8m), Germany ($2.8m), Australia ($2.4m), Italy ($2.1m), Spain ($2.0m), Brazil ($1.5m) and Indonesia ($1.5m). Based on current exchange rates in the same suite of markets, Glass is outpacing Split by approximately +13%.
Finishing in second, following a strong debut last weekend, is STXfilms and Lantern Entainment's The Upside, dipping just -23% in its sophomore frame for an estimated $15.67 million. The studio anticipates the film will top $19.5 million over the 4-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend for a domestic cume just shy of $48 million after 11 days in release. The Upside has also brought in $4.1 million internationally thus far.
Looking at a surprise third place position is FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, though, as noted in our lede, the studio is not reporting domestic grosses this morning. That said, results from third party sources show the film neck-and-neck with WB's Aquaman for a domestic three-day topping $10 million and a five-day total following its Wednesday release topping $21 million. On the lower end of projections, one source puts the film's three-day at $9.3 million, which is still incredibly impressive and enough for a fourth place finish.
Internationally, Dragon Ball is entering its seventh week in release and does so with an estimated $5.3 million from 18 markets for an international cume that now totals $65.8 million for a global tally just shy of $87 million. The film's top market is Japan with $33.3 million followed by Mexico where the film is in its second weekend and has brought in $9.5 million so far.
As for Aquaman, the film added an estimated $10.3 million to its domestic total this weekend, which now stands at $304.3 million. The film is still in fourth place among previous releases in the DC Extended Universe. The film also added $14.3 million from 79 overseas markets this weekend, bringing the international cume to $759.1 million for a global tally of $1.06 billion, just a little over $21 million shy of The Dark Knight Rises as it will soon become the highest grossing worldwide release among DC Comics adaptations.
Rounding out the top five is Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which enjoyed the smallest drop in the top ten (-19.8%) with an estimated $7.25 million for the three-day. The film is expected to top $9 million over the four-day weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume over $160 million, which would put it ~$9 million shy of topping Hotel Transylvania 2 as Sony Animation's highest grossing domestic release of all-time. Internationally, the film added another $4.7 million this weekend, pushing its worldwide total over $322 million.
Elsewhere, on its 78th day of release, Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody topped $200 million domestically this weekend as the film continues to play almost neck-and-neck with WB's A Star is Born, which topped $200 million on its 80th day of release. After an additional $639k this weekend, A Star is Born has now grossed just shy of $205 million domestically. Worldwide, however, it's no competition with Bohemian Rhapsody adding another $11.3 million this weekend for an international cume that has now reached $596 million for a global tally $2 million shy of $800 million.
In limited release, Abramorama's Who Will Write Our History debuted with $12,719 in one theater; Distrib's The Heiresses opened in two locations with $11,288; and IFC's An Acceptable Loss opened in one theater with an estimated $5,103.
Next weekend sees the release of Fox's The Kid Who Would be King in ~3,400 locations along with Aviron's Serenity in ~2,500 theaters. It will also be interesting to see how well this year's crop of awards contenders perform following Tuesday's Oscar nominations announcement.
You can check out this weekend's three-day estimated results right here and we'll have four-day estimates tomorrow morning followed by full three and four-day weekend actuals on Tuesday afternoon.
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