‘Glass’ to Top Box Office Again as ‘Miss Bala’ Misses the Mark

Lack of major early-year releases leads to Super Bowl doldrums at theaters

Last Updated: February 2, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

With a lack of popular early-year releases in theaters, this Super Bowl weekend is turning out to be even slower for the box office than usual. No film this weekend is currently estimated to gross more than $10 million, as Universal’s “Glass” is on pace to top the charts for a third straight weekend with an estimated $9.3 million frame.

That would give the M. Night Shyamalan film a domestic total of $88.3 million, 10 percent behind the pace of the director’s last film, “Split.” Just behind in second is STX’s “The Upside,” which has hit $75 million after making $8 million in its fourth weekend.

In third is the sole new release of the weekend, Sony’s “Miss Bala,” an American remake of Mexico’s 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar contender. Starring Gina Rodriguez, the film is opening to just $6.5 million from 2,203 screens and against a reported $15 million production budget. Critics have panned the remake with a 22 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Completing the top five are superhero films “Aquaman” and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” each making $4-5 million this weekend. WB’s “Aquaman” now has grossed $323.5 million domestic and over $1.1 billion worldwide, while Sony’s “Spider-Verse” has reached $175 million domestic.

Overall, the total box office gross for this weekend is expected to reach just $65 million, down 32 percent from the $94.9 million grossed during last year’s Super Bowl weekend. In fact, this weekend is on pace to be the lowest-grossing Super Bowl weekend since the turn of the century, and the lowest for any box office weekend since the weekend of August 25, 2017, when a weak end-of-summer release slate led to a weekend total of $69.3 million.