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Weekend Box Office Report: January 18-20, 2019

Glass cracks the top!

M. Night Shyamalan's super-powered sequel was the main attraction this weekend as GLASS opened in first place with an estimated $40.5 million!

The third chapter of his grounded superhuman saga improved on the $40 million opening of SPLIT in 2017 and the $30.3 million start of UNBREAKABLE back in 2000, and is expected to end up with nearly $50 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The new PG-13 thriller with the returning Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy (all 24 of him) is Shyamalan's third-biggest domestic opening behind SIGNS ($60.1 million in 2002) and THE VILLAGE ($50.7 million in 2004).

Shyamalan's twisty mental institution melodrama, which cost a reported $20 million, also captured $48.5 million from international audiences for a worldwide opening weekend of $89 million.

Critics shattered the filmmaker's deconstruction of comic book tropes, giving the movie a 35% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out the JoBlo review HERE.

Last weekend's winner THE UPSIDE was pushed to second place with $15.6 million, slowing by only 23% from the opening of the Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston drama. 

LIMITLESS director Neil Burger's PG-13 remake of French film THE INTOUCHABLES has a ten-day domestic total of $43.9 million, on a reported cost of $37.5 million.

Opening in third place was the new PG-rated animated feature DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY with $10.6 million for the weekend, taking it to a $21 million domestic total since got started on Wednesday.

The latest entry in the durable DRAGON BALL anime franchise (this is the 20th movie in the series, not including the scorned live-action American version) has also pummeled $65.8 million out of international crowds for a global total of $86.9 million, on a reported $8.5 million cost.  

Critics mostly cheered the ongoing clash of pointy-haired power-punchers from space, giving the movie an average of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Floating in fourth place was ocean champion AQUAMAN with $10.3 million, which brings Jason Momoa's DC Comics superhero to a $304.3 million domestic total on his fifth weekend in theaters.

The PG-13 comic adaptation from director James Wan is now up to a worldwide total of $1.06 billion (drawing closer to the $1.08 billion finish of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), on a reported cost of $200 million.

In fifth place was the PG-rated SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE with $7.2 million. The animated spider-variants have stuck around the upper half of the chart for six weeks now, bringing the interdimensional wall-crawlers to a domestic total of $158.2 million and a worldwide total of $322 million (on a reported $90 million cost).

The PG-rated canine adventure A DOG'S WAY HOME roamed down to sixth place with $7.1 million, a 36% dip from last weekend's opening. The $18 million family feature from director Charles Martin Smith (DOLPHIN TALE) has a ten-day domestic total of $21.2 million.

In seventh place was the PG-13 horror-thriller ESCAPE ROOM with $5.2 million, giving the $9 million movie a domestic total of $40.7 million and a worldwide total of $53.7 million on its third weekend.

Disney's MARY POPPINS RETURNS was in eighth place with $5.2 million, taking the PG-rated musical sequel to $158.7 million domestic and $306 million worldwide on a reported $130 million cost.

The PG-13 TRANSFORMERS prequel BUMBLEBEE idled in ninth place with $4.6 million on its fifth weekend. The $135 million spinoff with Hailee Steinfeld and the titular yellow Autobot has rolled to a domestic total of $115.9 million domestic and $412 million worldwide, bringing up the rear as the lowest-grossing TRANSFORMERS movie behind the $605 million global finish of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT.

At the bottom was the Ruth Bader Ginsburg story ON THE BASIS OF SEX with $3.9 million. The PG-13 biopic with Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer now has a domestic total of $16.8 million (on a reported $20 million cost).

Outside the chart, Clint Eastwood's R-rated crime drama THE MULE and director Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic VICE disappeared from view.

Next weekend has ATTACK THE BLOCK director Joe Cornish's spin on the King Arthur legend THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, and the Matthew McConaughey/Anne Hathaway thriller SERENITY (with a boat instead of a spaceship).

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Glass $40.5 M
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2. The Upside $15.6 M $43.9 M
3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly $10.6 M $21 M
4. Aquaman $10.3 M $304.3 M
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $7.2 M $158.2 M
6. A Dog's Way Home $7.1 M $21.2 M
7. Escape Room $5.2 M $40.7 M
8. Mary Poppins Returns $5.2 M $158.7 M
9. Bumblebee $4.6 M $115.9 M
10. On the Basis of Sex $3.9 M $16.8 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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