Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This weekend, audiences showed up for two films that critics weren’t sold on, as well as an anime – yes, you read that right – you may not want to miss.
This Weekend’s Top Earner – Glass
Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan continues his strong comeback with Glass, which brought in $47 million over the 4-day weekend in the U.S. alone. That’s about on par with Shyamalan’s previous film Split in 2017, which was also released in January.
Critics may have been split on Glass, but it was half full for audiences. Overseas, the film made an additional $48.5 million in 55 territories, including Russia, Mexico, the UK, and France. The film also made back almost all of its reported $20 million budget just on Friday, and its $95.5 million total to date proves this is yet another hit for Shyamalan (who self-financed the film), Blumhouse, and Universal.
Second Place – The Upside
We reported last week that The Upside will need to continue doing well in order to provide some serious profit for STX. Well, clearly they had faith in the film’s momentum because The Upside expanded to 240 more theaters this weekend and secured $18.3 million in its second week. That’s only a 9.9% drop from last weekend when it won first place, despite mixed-to-negative reviews from critics.
The Upside (an American remake of The Intouchables) has now made $50.7 million globally. Most of that revenue is domestic, and it’s well past the film’s reported budget of $37.5 million. At the very least, The Upside will be a moderate success story for STX, though it likely won’t be a box office sensation like The Intouchables was in France.
Coming In Third – Aquaman
Aquaman is now the sixth film in 2018 to cross $300 million domestically. Now in its fifth week, the comic-book juggernaut only dropped 27.6% thanks to the 4-day weekend, making $12.5 million domestically and $14.3 internationally. That places Aquaman firmly in third place for the weekend despite losing 388 theaters. At $1.06 billion worldwide, Aquaman is likely only days away from surpassing The Dark Knight Rises to be the most financially successful DC film yet.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
Dragon Ball Super: Broly debuted in the U.S. this week after a super-powerful seven-week stretch internationally. The anime series spinoff movie from FUNimation Films made $11.4 million in just over 1,200 theaters, placing it at #4 for the 4-day weekend. Based on the wildly popular anime series Dragon Ball Super (a continuation of Dragon Ball Z), Broly has achieved the fifth-highest earning theatrical opening for an anime ever.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped one spot to fifth place this weekend, earning $9.7 million domestically and $4.7 million overseas after losing 317 theaters. At $325.3 million globally, the animated film will probably finish between $350 million and $450 million. It’s a great success story for Sony, which made double that amount with Venom just six months ago.
A Dog’s Way Home dropped three spots to sixth place with $9.6 million, despite not losing or gaining any theaters in its second week. It’s looking like this one won’t do quite as well as its predecessor, A Dog’s Purpose, which made $205 million worldwide.
The rest of the Top 10 resembles the same order as last week, but dropped down two spots thanks to the additions of Glass and Broly. Escape Room is now #7 with $6.75 million, but it dropped at a higher percentage than Mary Poppins Returns did with $6.73 million, almost catching up at #8. Bumblebee similarly dropped less with $5.8 million, but not enough to avoid the #9 spot in its fifth week.
Next, On the Basis of Sex held on to its lead over Clint Eastwood’s The Mule with $4.6 million at #10. Both films dropped about the same amount over the 3-day weekend, but the holiday fared better for the RBG drama, which gained 34 theaters while The Mule lost 641. The Mule still has a clear advantage, however, because it’s still playing in 700 more theaters than On the Basis of Sex.
It’s also worth mentioning that while Vice dropped a few spots from last week in the Top 20, awards season has been kinder on Green Book, which rose back up to #14 and showed up in 170 more theaters, despite being in its 10th week. It made more this weekend than Vice, which is only in its fourth week and is also nominated alongside Green Book for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The next month will almost certainly see more movement from these films and more in the Top 20, including Bohemian Rhapsody, which stumbled from #11 last week to #12 on Sunday, then #13 on Monday.
Check back with Atom Insider later this week as we preview all the new releases hitting theaters this Friday.
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