A slow weekend resulted in lackluster results for newcomers at the box office as two new major releases attempted to make an impact while Oscar buzz helped awards contenders shine in the weekend numbers. Meanwhile up front a few familiar names continued to dominate as the traditionally slow month of January continues. So, let’s take a look at the winners and loser of the last weekend of January 2019 in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
As expected, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” scored the top spot for a second weekend in a row, the first repeat number one of the year. “Glass” finished the weekend with $19 million, a 53% dip from its opening weekend but more than enough to defeat the competition. The film now stands at $73.5 million after ten days with a global gross of $162.7 million. “Glass” was followed by a pair of holdovers that continue to show their own staying power. Two weeks after debuting at number one “The Upside” took in another $12.2 million bringing its domestic numbers to $63 million. The comedy has topped $69 million worldwide. In number three was “Aquaman” which added to its already impressive numbers. The DC film has now earned $316 million domestically, but its international numbers continue to be even more impressive. With $1.09 billion worldwide “Aquaman” is now the highest grossing DC film of all time in global gross, topping “The Dark Knight Rises”. “Aquaman” is now 24th on the all-time worldwide list.
You have to get to fourth place to find the first newcomer of the weekend. “The Kid Who Would Be King”, the latest attempt to revive the legends of King Arthur for the big screen may have earned decent reviews from critics, including me and you can read that review here, but that wasn’t enough to draw an audience as the feature took in $7.25 million in its opening weekend barely missing beating out “Aquaman” for a top three position. With a $59 million budget “The Kid Who Would Be King” needs to hope for good holdover to be considered profitable. Rounding out the top five was Grammy winner and now Oscar nominee “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” with $6.15 million bringing its domestic total to $169 million. With only $700,000 separating it from “Hotel Transylvania 2” it’s pretty much guaranteed that “Into the Spider-Verse” will becoming Sony Animations highest grossing picture.
The only other new film to enter the top ten was “Serenity” which had received scathing reviews with some calling it a so-bad-it’s-good kind of film. The Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway led picture bombed with only $4.8 million dropping in eighth. The film’s failure seemed destined from the start with little interest shown from audiences and few critic reviews prior to the movie’s debut. Not to mention “Serenity’s” release was moved twice having previously been set for release in September and October of 2018. You can read my review of the film here. Rounding out the top ten were “A Dog’s Way Home” in seventh, “Escape Room” in ninth and last week’s surprise success “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” in tenth. “Green Book” also earned a bump into the top ten in sixth after being expanded to more theaters in the wake of last week’s Oscar nomination announcement. It wasn’t the only film to benefit either. “The Favourite” jumped from eighteenth to thirteenth after being expanded in the wake of its own nominations.
Next week is anyone’s guess especially with only on new wide release heading to theaters. “Miss Bala”, based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, will hit theaters with Gina Rodriguez in the starring role. The film’s cast and crew is reportedly 95% Latinx which could prove to be a big draw especially if critics give it decent reviews and with nothing else competing against it. If “Miss Bala” can’t drum up some buzz and interest though it will be interesting to see who will top the weekend although it’s safe to assume “Glass” has the most potential to retain the top spot. We’ll see who takes home the gold this weekend.