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M Night Shymalan’s Glass earns $40.6 million in opening weekend

M Night Shyamalan's film Glass registered a 35 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it a mediocre B Cinema Score. Universal Pictures predicted that the film will make about 47 million dollars over the four-day holiday weekend.

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass is No. 1 with 40.6 million dollar debut
M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass registered 40.6 million dollars at the box office in ticket sales according to studio estimates

M. Night Shyamalan scored his fifth No. 1 movie as the director’s Glass, while not quite the blockbuster some expected, nevertheless dominated Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office with 40.6 million dollars in ticket sales according to studio estimates.

Universal Pictures predicted that Glass will make about 47 million dollars over the four-day holiday weekend. Some industry forecasts had gone as high as 75 million dollars over four days. But poor reviews took some of the momentum away from Glass, Shyamalan’s final entry in a trilogy begun with 2000’s Unbreakable and followed up with 2017’s Split.

Shyamalan’s film registered a 35 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it a mediocre B Cinema Score.

Yet the result still proved the renewed draw of Shyamalan, the Sixth Sense filmmaker synonymous with supernatural thrillers and unpredictable plot twists. Split, which greatly overshot expectations with a 40 million dollars opening and 278.5 million dollars worldwide, signaled Shyamalan’s return as a box-office force, now teamed up with horror factory Blumhouse Productions. Shyamalan, himself, put up the film’s approximately 20 million dollars budget.

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Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution for Universal, said any forecasts beyond how Glass performed were out of whack with the studio’s own expectations. Orr granted that better reviews might have meant a larger return and that the winter storm across the Midwest and Northeast may have dampened results.

But he said Universal was thrilled with the results. The four-day total ranks Glass as the third best MLK weekend openings ever, behind only American Sniper (107.2 million dollars) and Ride Along (48.6 million dollars). Glass also picked up 48.5 million dollars overseas, where Disney had distribution rights.

“This came in at or above any reasonable industry expectations,” said Orr.

Last week’s top film, Kevin Hart’s The Upside, held especially well in its second weekend, sliding only 23 percent with 15.7 million dollars. STX Entertainment estimated it will take $19.5 million over the four-day period, offering further proof that Hart’s fallout as Oscar host over past homophobic tweets hasn’t hurt his box office appeal.

But the weekend’s biggest surprise was the Japanese anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which earned an estimated 8.7 million dollars on the weekend from just 1,250 North American theaters, according to Comscore, and 19.5 million dollars since opening Wednesday. (It grossed more than 7 million dollars just on opening day.) The Funimation Films release, an animated martial arts fantasy, is the 20th film in the Dragon Ball franchise.

The result for Dragon Ball Super: Broly caught Hollywood off guard, prompting many to wonder: Just what is Dragon Ball? And who is Broly? (A nutty anime series created by Akira Toriyama, and the film’s warrior antagonist, respectively.)

“The enthusiasm for this movie was certainly reflected in these much bigger than expected numbers for a title that I don’t think anyone was that aware of, other than the true fans,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “If you ask the average moviegoer if they’ve ever heard of ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly,’ they’d have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.”

Shyamalan and Broly could do only so much for the overall marketplace. Other studios held back new wide releases to avoid going head-to-head with Glass. The box office was down 18.4 percent from the same weekend last year when Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle was still packing theaters, according to Comscore.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. Glass, 40.6 million dollars (48.5 million dollars international).

2. The Upside, 15.7 million dollars

3. Aquaman, 10.3 million dollars (14.3 million dollars international).

4. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, 8.7 million dollars (5.3 million dollars international).

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 7.3 million dollars

6. A Dog’s Way Home, 7.1 million dollars (2.8 million dollars international).

7. Escape Room, 5.3 million dollars (9.5 million dollars international).

8. Mary Poppins, 5.2 million dollars (6 million dollars international).

9. Bumblebee, 4.7 million dollars (20.9 million dollars international).

10. On the Basis of Sex, 4 million dollars

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore.

1. Glass, 48.5 million dollars

2. Bumblebee, 20.9 million dollars

3. Aquaman, 14.3 million dollars

4. Bohemian Rhapsody, 11.3 million dollars

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5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 10.8 million dollars

6. White Snake, 9.9 million dollars

7. Escape Room, 9.5 million dollars

8. Ralph Breaks the Internet, 9.2 million dollars

9. The Big Shot, 8.9 million dollars

10. Mary Queen of Scots, 6.4 million dollars