Box Office: 'Glass' Shatters 'Kid Who Would Be King,' 'Serenity' With $19M
'The Kid Who Would Be King' opened to just $7.3 million, while 'Serenity' earned an even weaker $4.8 million to mark the worst opening of Anne Hathaway's career and one of the worst for Matthew McConaughey.
M. Night Shyamalan's Glass stayed full in its second weekend at the box office with $19 million from 3,844 theaters, while new offerings The Kid Who Would Be King and Serenity were quickly banished.
Glass fell 53 percent, a better decline than expected and putting the film's 10-day domestic total at $73.6 million for Universal and Shyamalan, who self-financed the pic.
Overseas, where Disney has distribution duties, Glass also stayed atop the foreign box office chart with another $23.6 million for an offshore tally of $89.1 million and a worldwide cume of $162.7 million.
The second-biggest player abroad was the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, which opened to $21.4 million in China for a global total of $767 million — the second-best showing for 20th Century Fox's stable of X-Men movies behind the first Deadpool. Box-office analysts say the China bow was impressive considering piracy and the availability of the movie on DVD.
The Kid Who Would Be King, a U.K.-U.S. production from Working Title and 20th Century Fox, came in No. 4 in North America with $7.3 million from 3,124 theaters against a production budget of roughly $60 million. The family-friendly film faltered despite strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, and is the latest big-screen twist on the King Arthur legend to wield a dull blade.
Directed by Joe Cornish, Kid Who Would Be King stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy Serkis) as a young boy who finds King Arthur's legendary sword, Excalibur. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart also star. The movie's early foreign total stands at $3.2 million for a total $10.5 million globally.
Opening in eighth place, Serenity, an indie neo-noir thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, bombed with an estimated $4.8 million from 2,561 cinemas. It is the worst opening of Hathaway's career, and one of the worst in recent memory for McConaughey.
Serenity, directed by Steven Knight, was skewered by critics and earned a terrible D+ CinemaScore from audiences. The Aviron release centers on a fishing boat captain (McConaughey) who is asked by his ex-wife (Hathaway) to murder her new husband. Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou and Jeremy Strong co-star.
Among holdovers, the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston dramedy The Upside continued to shine in its third weekend, grossing another $12.4 million from 3,377 theaters for a domestic total of $63.2 million. The film, from STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment, fell a narrow 20 percent.
Aquaman landed at No. 3 in its sixth weekend with a projected $7.4 million for a worldwide total of $1.09 billion. The superhero pic celebrated another milestone as it passed Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) to become the top-grossing DC title of all time and the third-biggest grosser ever for Warner Bros. behind the final installments in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises, not adjusted for inflation.
In a separate milestone for Warners, The Mule crossed $100 million to become only the third movie directed by Clint Eastwood to pass the century mark domestically, unadjusted. (Also over the weekend, the studio snuck The Lego Movie 2: The Second Chapter.)
Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounded out the top five with $6.2 million in its seventh frame, putting its global cume at $338.1 million.
Several films scoring top Oscar nominations last week saw a boost, albeit to varying degrees. Peter Farrelly's Green Book, which has struggled at the box office since first opening on Nov. 16, made its biggest push yet. Expanding into a total of 2,426 theaters, the pic shot up the chart to No. 6 with $5.4 million — an uptick of 150 percent — for a domestic total of $49 million.
Green Book, from Participant Media, Amblin and Universal, had never played in more than 1,215 locations until now.
Fox Searchlight's The Favourite, another leading Oscar contender, increased its theater count from 517 locations to 1,540. The specialty pic, up more than 200 percent, grossed another $2.6 million for a domestic total north of $26.1 million and $52.7 million worldwide (its foreign weekend tally was $5.2 million for an offshore total of $26.6 million).
Best-picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't far behind with $2.5 million domestically. Overseas, the Fox and New Regency release grossed an additional $8.8 million for a foreign cume of $611.3 million and a staggering global bounty of $817.1 million.
Annapurna's Vice, another top Oscar contender, expanded into a total of 1,557 theaters, earning another $1.8 million for a domestic cume of $42.1 million. The film was down 1 percent.
Sony Pictures Classics' Never Look Away — a German drama nominated for best foreign-language film — reported the top location average of the weekend ($26,270) as it officially opened in one theater in New York City following an awards-qualifying run late last year.
Jan. 27, 12:30 p.m. Updated with additional foreign grosses.