BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 18-20, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Upside||$15.6 million|
|Dragon Ball Super: Broly||$10.6 million|
Into the Spider-Verse
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.
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.