'Glass' Repeats Atop the Weekend Box Office While New Releases Struggle
by Brad Brevet
January 27, 2019
The weekend turned out a bit better than expected with Universal's Glass holding on to the top spot with an estimated $19 million on its way to a $100+ million domestic run, though the weekend's newcomers in Fox's The Kid Who Would be King and Serenity struggled. Meanwhile this year's crop of Oscar nominees saw Green Book re-enter the top ten following its five nominations while The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born all improved compared to last weekend.
Finishing with an estimated $19 million, Universal's Glass dipped -53% in its second weekend for a domestic cume that now stands at $73.5 million after just ten days in release. Internationally, the film added $23.6 million from 55 markets for an overseas cume totaling $89.1 million and a global tally reaching $162.7 million. The film is now open in all markets except for China where it still does not have an official release date.
Second place went to The Upside, which continues its impressive run, dipping just -18.4% this weekend for an estimated $12.2 million and a domestic cume that now tops $63 million. The performance is a notch ahead of Mojo's lofty, pre-weekend projections, and other than the expansion of Green Book, it currently has the best hold among holdover films in the top ten. Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $1.1 million this weekend for an international cume totaling $6.1 million, from 38 markets released for a worldwide tally topping $69 million.
For now, Warner Bros.'s Aquaman holds a narrow lead for third place, bringing in an estimated $7.35 million for a domestic cume that now tops $316 million. In even bigger news, the film has now topped $1.09 billion at the global box office making it the largest DC Comics adaptation of all-time globally, the third largest WB movie all-time worldwide and now ranks as the 25th largest worldwide release ever.
In fourth, by just $100k, is Fox's The Kid Who Would be King with an estimated $7.25 million debut. Budgeted at a reported $59 million, the family feature had strong reviews heading into the weekend, but just wasn't able to capture audience attention. Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScore while the overall audience coming in was 53% female and 53% of the opening weekend crowd was aged 25 or older. Internationally, the film began playing last weekend and this weekend added $1.94 million for an overseas total that now stands at $3.2 million as it is now in just 20 markets.
Rounding out the top five is Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with an estimated $6.15 million bringing the film's domestic cume to $169 million. The film is now less than $700k behind Hotel Transylvania 2, on its way to becoming the highest grossing domestic release ever for Sony Animation. Internationally the film added $2.8 million this weekend for an overseas cume of $169.1 million and a global tally topping $338 million.
Just outside the top five is Universal's Oscar contender Green Book, which expanded into 2,430 locations (+1,518) this weekend following this week's Oscar nominations and saw a +150% increase with an estimated $5.4 million three-day. The film has now grossed nearly $50 million domestically as it enters its eleventh week in release. Internationally, the film's release is being handled by Lionsgate and Amblin, and it is playing in 33 markets where it grossed $5.7 million this weekend for an international cume topping $10 million and a worldwide gross that currently stands at $59.3 million.
It isn't until eighth position that we find Aviron's release of Serenity which was unable to generate much attention, debuting with just $4.8 million from 2,561 locations ($1,874 PTA). Opening day audiences seemed to agree with critics, giving the film a "D+" CinemaScore. Overall, the opening weekend crowd was split 50/50 male vs. female while 73% of the audience coming in was aged 25 or older.
Looking at a few of the other Oscar contenders that expanded this weekend, Fox Searchlight's The Favourite brought in an estimated $2.56 million (+214%) after adding over one thousand theaters as its domestic cume now tops $26 million. Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody is slowly creeping up on A Star is Born's domestic cume after bringing in nearly $2.5 million (+7.6%) from 1,423 locations for a domestic total that now stands at $205.8 million. Speaking of A Star is Born, it too added some theaters this weekend, playing in 1,192 locations (+777) from which it brought in an estimated $1.26 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $206.3 million.
This weekend also saw Clint Eastwood's The Mule top $100 million on its 45th day of release.
In limited release, Greenwich's The Invisibles opened with $27,000 from four theaters ($6,750 PTA); Sony Classics debuted the Foreign Language contender Never Look Away in one theater from which it brought in $26,270, enough for the largest per theater average for the weekend; Kino Lorber's release of Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book brought in $15,200 from three locations ($5,067 PTA); and Cinema Libre's Jihadists debuted in one theater with $1,188.
Next weekend sees the release of Sony's remake of Miss Bala opening in ~2,000 locations while Fox International will debut Ek Ladki Ko Dekah Toh Aisa Laga in ~175 theaters and Bleecker will release Arctic in four locations.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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