Movies Under Glass … Again

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For the second-straight weekend, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass claimed dominion over the box office, earning the No. 1 slot. Its theatrical peers languished in its shadow, writhing in misery once again.

Would that make Glass … double pained?

Glass earned $19 million in North America, according to estimates, pushing its overall domestic gross to $73.6 million. The movie’s still got some work to do before it climbs up there with Shyamalan’s most successful offerings (both The Sixth Sense and Signs earned more than $200 million during their theatrical runs). Interestingly, Shyamalan financed this $20 million project completely on his own, according to Forbes, with that money largely coming from the filmmaker’s last two films (The Visit and Split).

Not that Glass had a lot of competition. The weekend’s two newcomers, the surprisingly substantive Arthurian retread The Kid Who Would Be King and the R-rated thriller Serenity, both underperformed, leaving a bevy of leftovers on the box-office table.

The Upside finished second for the second-straight week, clearing $12.2 million. Aquaman treaded water, too, finishing third again with about $7.4 million. The superhero movie has now earned $316.6 million stateside—a massive take, but still waaay down on the list of biggest superhero movies. (It’s 23rd now, right between Thor: Ragnarok and the original Iron Man.) But if we turn the page to its international take, we read a different story. It’s now earned nearly $1.1 billion, making it DC’s biggest worldwide flick ever.

The Kid Who Would Be King needed more than a sword in a stone to hack its way through its box-office competition: It could’ve used a chainsaw. (Excalibrrrbrrrbrrr, they’d call it. Y’know, for the sound it’d make.) It earned less than $7.3 million, good for No. 4. That might’ve been a tidy sum in King Arthur’s days, but it hardly pays for catering costs now. Camelot? Try Camelittle.

Still, the Kid did better than the McConaughey—Matthew McConaughey, that is—whose film Serenity earned just $4.8 million for eighth place.

Finally, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continued to hold tight to the top five, banking another $6.2 million.

‘Course, the box office’s biggest movers might’ve been the newly crowned Oscar nominees, many of which increased their theater count and a handful of which climbed back into the top 20.

Green Book, a touching (and somewhat critically maligned) story of racial strife and reconciliation, saw a 150% increase in its week-over-week grosses. It earned $5.4 million to push its way to sixth. The Favourite, which raked in 10 nominations, saw its own grosses shoot up 214% to $2.6 million. (It finished the weekend in 13th.) And A Star Is Born returned to the top 20 with a $2.3 million weekend—an increase of 106% over what it did the weekend before.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
Hey @AsayPaul and all the guys who work here at Plugged In: I just want to say that you for all of your hard work these past twenty years! I know it probably isn't twenty years exactly yet, but you guys work so hard, so just know you are appreciated! 
Keep up the good work!

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Anonymous 12 months ago
Agreed! Love all y'all!
-David the Clown
Paul Asay 12 months ago
Awwww... thanks, folks. We dig what we do, and a lot of that is because of the great folks we get to do it for. 
Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Saw The Kid Who Would Be King this past weekend and I really enjoyed it! The story of King Author is a story that has been done at least a half dozen times, and I thought this was a very fun, unique, and fresh take on the legend. Also, the actor who plays Merlin in this movie REALLY needs to look into playing The Doctor on Doctor Who. He’s absolutely PERFECT for the role.

If TKWWBK wasn’t coming out this weekend, I would have gone to see Aquaman for a third time. I genuinely loved that film, and it makes me immensely happy to see how well it’s doing financially.

Now I just need to wait for The LEGO Movie 2. 11 more days; I can do this!
Anonymous 12 months ago
11 days, 10 hrs, 8 mins and 30 secs to be exact - 
The Duke Of Popcorn
Anonymous 12 months ago
yep and also a doomsday clock
The Duke Of Popcorn
Anonymous 12 months ago
Lol. When is doomsday?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
2014 just like Al Gore said-
The Duke Of Popcorn
Anonymous 12 months ago
Wow! Thanks for the warning hombre!
-David the Clown
Anonymous 12 months ago
Maybe he meant 2041... easy to mix up!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Nope. It was 2014. I just asked him (he's my brother.....sadly)
-David the Clown


And, if we follow the doomsday clock of a certain congresswoman, then the world will end in 2031.....
Anonymous 12 months ago
OMGoodness! David the Clown you are a clown! At least Star Wars will have ended and Tom Brady will have retired and I will be driving by that time...

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
You don't have a license yet?
-David the Clown
Anonymous 12 months ago
Lol, I wouldn't worry myself too much about O'crazio Cortez's doomsday predictions ;)
Anonymous 12 months ago
LOL. I don't worry about anything she says (or give any real thought) to what she says!
-David the Clown
Anonymous 12 months ago
@David the Clown Nope. I only have to wait a few more months though.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
STAR WARS WILL NEVER END!!!! :)

-some guy
Anonymous 12 months ago
First Comment Guy has reclaimed his throne!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
Looks like i'm 6th comment guy now......

David the Clown
Anonymous 12 months ago
Maybe next time Mr. Clown...

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
Oh believe me my friend, the Clown always comes out on top.
David the Clown
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

The young Merlin.

Patrick Stewart is a great actor, but I definitely don’t see him as the Doctor Who type.

Although a couple decades ago, Stewart would have made a great Mr. Freeze.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I haven't watched Dr. Who but I want to start. I'm pretty sure Amazon has a lot of the seasons.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
Cool. I got mine a little over a year ago, and I hate to drive lol
David the Clown