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Battle at the Box Office 1/21

By Zach

Despite poor reviews, Glass took the top spot at the box office over the weekend as the only new wide release.

Glass took in $40.6 million, which puts it above both Split and Unbreakable and is the third best opening of all time for M. Night Shyamalan behind Signs and The Village.  The performance is below both the studio’s expectations of around a $50 million opening and some predictions had it going as high as $60 or even $70 million. Surprisingly, this is the best opening ever for Bruce Willis, topping GI Joe: Retaliation, although his part in that movie was much less significant than Glass.  It’s the 17th best opening for Samuel L. Jackson and the sixth best opening for James McAvoy.

The Upside dropped to second place but only fell 26% from its chart-topping opening last weekend, pulling in another $15 million.  It’s made just over $43 million for its two weeks out.

Aquaman dropped to third with another $10.2 million, bringing it to over $304 million domestic and over $1.065 billion worldwide. It’s currently the sixth highest-grossing DC film domestically and the second highest grossing DC film worldwide, behind only The Dark Knight Rises and it’s closing in fast on that movie’s gross.

In a surprising fourth place, Dragon Ball Super: Broly took the fourth place spot with $9.7 million.  It’s the third biggest anime opening of all time behind Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon 2000 and was in half as many theaters as either of those releases with 1,276 theaters showing it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounded out the top 5 with another $7.5 million, bringing it to over $158 million domestic for its six weeks out.

Not a lot changed further down the list with the only exception being Vice, which took a fairly steep fall out of the top 10, going from tenth last week to 15th this week with $1.7 million.

The Per Theater average went to Who Will Write Our History?, a documentary about Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, took in $13,390 on the one screen it was playing on.

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