Glass Box Office Opening

In a Twist, “Glass” Doesn’t Shatter Any Records


January 18-20, 2019

(estimates from


Glass $40.5 million
The Upside $15.6 million
Dragon Ball Super: Broly  $10.6 million
Aquaman $10.3 million
Into the Spider-Verse
$7.2 million

While it's already a certified hit, taking in more than twice its budget, the anticipation for Glass didn't turn into a world-beating hit. With an estimated $40.5 million, that's only a hair more than Split opened with three years ago. But with, ahem, split reviews, it's unlikely to get to the $138 million that film ultimately earned. Still, it's unlikely to be fazed by any of its competition until The LEGO Movie 2 opens in three weeks.

The Upside slid to No. 2, but with a strong hold. It's now exceeded its budget and could find its way north of $60 or even $75 million. But far more surprising is the No. 3 movie. Like Pokémon, I am still in awe of how popular Dragon Ball is. Most things that were popular when I was a kid are far out of vogue now, but the latter is still a global phenomenon. The latest film of the series, Broly, has earned a whopping $21 million since opening Wednesday.

Aquaman fell out of the top 2 spots for the first time in its run, but has now crossed $300 million. Within two weeks, it will be the No. 5 movie of 2018, surpassing Deadpool 2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped to fifth. It should soon overtake Hotel Transylvania 3 to become the fourth-biggest animated movie of 2018.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Who Will Write Our History?, a documentary about the archives kept by the Jews who survived the Warsaw Ghetto. It opened with $12,719 on its lone screen in New York City.
  • Replicas suffered an even worse indignity than last weekend's opening, dropping 81 percent. It fell to 20th place, behind the 16th week of A Star Is Born.
  • The new year has not been particularly kind to awards hopefuls. On the Basis of Sex is the only one in the top 10, and it's only made $16.8 million so far. This is typically the ideal time for films to take advantage of the weak new releases, but none of them have been able to use that to their advantage. Maybe Tuesday's Oscar nominations will give them the boost they need.

Next week:

New movies for both kids and adults. The kids get the fantasy of The Kid Who Would Be King and the adults get Serenity, the delayed neo-noir, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Neither will be a threat, as Glass should hold onto No. 1 with $20 million. The Kid Who Would Be King might get to $12 million, while Serenity should muster $10 million.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.