Comic Book-Inspired ‘Glass’ Tops Box Office Despite Negative Reviews

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The final chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy of comic book-inspired films, “Glass” is on track to take the weekend box office. Estimates have it outperforming the No. 2 entry, “Upside” by approximately $25 million in box office revenue.

Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy reprised their roles from “Unbreakable” and “Split” for the latest adventure. The weekend chart for January 18 through 20th shows that “Glass” brought in a gross of $40,586,000 to take the top spot, per Box Office Mojo’s chart. Coming in second is the new drama/comedy “The Upside” starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman. It had a gross box office revenue of $15,670,000 while the new animated film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” finished third with $10,657,442.

A Forbes report indicated that “Glass” also did well worldwide with an $89 million gross. They also report it was a “$20 million-budgeted, self-financed, distribution-only flick.” That is a record for Shyamalan, the man behind other box office hits like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”

Forbes also mentions that the movie’s revenue was possibly hampered by reviews and word of mouth from moviegoers. The first two acts of the film are generally considered great by most moviegoers and critics, but the third and final act is where many feel it falls apart.

The unique aspect of “Glass” is that it’s not based on any real-world comic books. However, it’s a comic-book-inspired film created by Shyamalan. The first film in the series, “Unbreakable,” introduces Willis’ hero David Dunn and Jackson’s villain Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass. The second film was mainly to introduce McAvoy’s monstrous character with split personalities, while the third brings all three together for a final romp.

The Rotten Tomatoes aggregate review score for “Glass” is currently a “rotten” 35 percent, meaning most critics were not loving this film. The interesting aspect of the negative review score is that this isn’t the first film that wasn’t widely embraced by critics to do well. “Bohemian Rhapsody” had a similar situation where it still did well at the box office despite lackluster backing from critics. That film was generally well-received by a majority of moviegoers. At Rotten Tomatoes, they indicate that 78 percent of moviegoers liked “Glass.”

“Glass” is currently in movie theaters around the United States. The new drama/fantasy film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours 9 minutes.

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