Friday Box Office Analysis

By Kim Hollis

January 19, 2019

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M Night Shyamalan is back, for better or worse. I suppose in this case, it might qualify as "worse," considering that critics hate his latest movie, and it's underperforming as a result. Also, if you like Dragon Ball Z, this is your weekend, my friend.

But let's get started with Glass, Shyamalan's three-quel (theoretically) to Unbreakable and Split. Those of us who watched the writer/director's ascension with The Sixth Sense and then his fall (with movies like Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender) and then his rise again (as The Visit and Split seemed to bring him back into people's good graces) probably won't be surprised to hear that most critics say Shyamalan overindulged with this one. Honestly, since the connection feels pretty tenuous at best, making the story work was likely always going to be a challenge.

Yesterday, Glass made $16 million, a number that includes $3.7 from Thursday previews. Yikes. That means the "true" Friday number was just $12.3 million. Anyway, the $16 million is better by just a hair than 2017's Split, but certainly not by enough to justify all the hype. It also has absolutely no chance of matching Split's $138 million total given the negative response to the film. The weekend total should ome in right around $40 million, and the four-day total should be close to $48 million.


This weekend also sees the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which earned $2.4 million yesterday in 467 venues and has a running total of $12.8 million sine Wednesday. FUNimation's got to be pretty happy with that, as it was a special event film for Wednesday and had just an $8.5 million budget. It already has almost $60 million in overseas revenue, so everything it earns in North America is really gravy anyway.

Last weekend's surprise #1 film The Upside fell 40 percent to $4.2 million, and it should actually hold up well over the remainder of the weekend. $14 million sounds about right for the Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart release.

Also of note is the fact that Bohemian Rhapsody crossed the $200 million mark yesterday, while Aquaman should be hitting $300 million today. This is where the operatic section comes in.



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