You’ve heard of the glass ceiling, right? That cliché took on a whole different meaning this weekend.
Glass, the latest from director M. Night Shyamalan, created its own box-office ceiling this weekend, keeping its competition well underneath. It earned $40.5 million during the traditional three-day weekend, and $47 million if you toss in the receipts from Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Either way you cut it, Glass earned more than the next three movies combined.
Glass’s performance also made it quite the weekend for supercharged humanoids. Four of the weekend’s top five films could be classified (glassified?) as “superhero” flicks. The exception? The Upside. After winning last weekend’s box-office derby, The Upside found a downslope, rolling to second place. It earned $15 million over the weekend (and $18.4 million counting the holiday).
After a surprisingly spirited battle with Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Aquaman settled into third place with $10.2 million (and $12.6 million over four days). It continues to swim through oodles of cash overseas, too, and with more than $1 billion in its international tanks, Aquaman is expected to become the most lucrative movie ever in DC’s cinematic universe.
Not much was expected of Dragon Ball Super: Broly. This marks the 20th Dragon Ball film to land in theaters, and often they come and go with nary a ripple, at least in North America. Not so Broly. Even though its production company, FUNimation, didn’t release its box-office gross estimates this weekend, Box Office Mojo says the flick banked $9.8 million over three days, and $11.5 over four. And like Aquaman, the movie’s real muscle is found overseas. Broly has earned about $87 million: Forget about scouring the galaxy for Dragon Balls. With that kind of bank, it can go to the mall and buy ‘em.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse celebrated its Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature with a fifth-place box-office finish. It earned $7.6 million over the traditional weekend, and $9.8 million through the four-day holiday.