'Glass' tops North American box office in opening weekend

January 21, 2019, 11:30 am

LOS ANGELES -- Universal's presentation of superhero thriller film "Glass" took the top spot of North American box office in its opening weekend with an estimated USD40.58 million through Sunday.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy among others, the film is the final title in Shyamalan's trilogy as a sequel to 2000's "Unbreakable" and 2016's "Split."

Financed by Shyamalan himself, the film was released by Universal Pictures in the United States and by Buena Vista International in overseas markets.

The film, produced for mere USD20 million received a "B" rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore and 36 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

STX's comedy film "The Upside" dropped to second place with an estimated USD15.67 million in its second weekend for a North American total of USD43.98 million, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

Directed by Neil Burger, "The Upside" is a remake of 2011's French film "The Intouchables." The film stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston among others. The plot follows a paralyzed billionaire who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict whom he hires to take care of him.

Warner Bros.' superhero film "Aquaman" landed in third place with an estimated USD10.33 million in its fifth weekend, pushing its North American total to a massive USD304.33 million through Sunday. Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the film is directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa as the half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry. As the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, Curry must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

FUNimation's Japanese anime fantasy martial arts film "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" came in fourth with an estimated USD8.7 million. Sony's animated superhero film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" finished fifth with an estimated USD7.25 million in its sixth weekend for a North American total of 158.25 million dollars. (Xinhuanet)