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.