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Box Office Report for January 25-27

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, The Kid Who Would Be King entered the marketplace, hoping to dethrone the current box office champion. In addition, Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey brought some sexy star power to screens with Serenity. How did they all do? Let us take a look right now…

The top spot this weekend went to last week’s champ in Glass, which wasn’t much of a surprise. This time around, it took in just a shade over $19 million. That haul represents a drop of nearly 53%, which I had speculated could be the case. For the moment, it’s potentially still headed towards a total gross of $100. Right now, it stands at $73.5 million. The weeks to come will challenge it, but M. Night Shyamalan retains the crown today.

Coming in at number two once again was last week’s runner up, The Upside. Another ridiculously strong hold for the film means it took in about $12.2 million into its significant pockets. Like I’ve mentioned, without question, this is a surprise hit. A few months ago, it was thought to have been dumped into January, a victim of The Weinstein Company coming to an end. Now, it’s a success story for STX. With over $63 million in its coffers, there’s an off chance it can make $100 million before all is said and done. Moving back up to number three was Aquaman, which made another $7.3 million, as it becomes the biggest global DC release to date.

Disappointingly hitting at number four was the high profile new release of the week in The Kid Who Would Be King. Making only $7.2 million, despite solid reviews, Joe Cornish’s long awaited follow up to Attack The Block just couldn’t find an audience. When a trio of holdovers wipe the floor with you, that’s never a good thing. The other new releases of note was the noir Serenity, which fared even worse. With only $4.8 million to its name this weekend, it debuted at number eight. Barely able to crack the top ten, it’s likely to disappear just as quickly as it arrived, being dumped this month after a delayed release from 2018.

Also of note: Green Book finally made a big move in 2019, using the Oscar nominations to leap back into the top ten after some time down below. Coming in at number six, it made another $5.4 million, bringing its total to $49 million and counting. A contender for Best Picture, it’s proving to be a film that audiences are responding to, even as controversy on the internet continues to run rampant. Most of the nominated movies saw nice bumps in their cumes this weekend, for what that’s worth. Another thing to take note of was The Mule crossing the $100 million mark, which was not the expected result, even just a few weeks ago.

Among indie debuts, Academy Award nominee and foreign release Never Look Away made about 26K in one theater, while Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book took in 15K from a trio of theaters. Look for the former to potentially make a few more bucks as the Oscars get closer…

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Glass – $19,049,000

2. The Upside – $12,240,000

3. Aquaman – $7,350,000

4. The Kid Who Would Be King – $7,250,000

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $6,150,000

6. Green Book – $5,413,000

7. A Dog’s Way Home – $5,225,000

8. Serenity – $4,800,000

9. Escape Room – $4,275,000

10. Dragon Ball Super: Broly – $3,600,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Mary Poppins Returns – $3,113,000

12. Bumblebee – $2,920,000

13. The Favourite – $2,560,000

14. Bohemian Rhapsody – $2,475,000

15. On the Basis of Sex – $2,089,000

16. Vice – $1,750,568

17. The Mule – $1,640,000

18. Stan & Ollie – $1,294,938

19. If Beale Street Could Talk – $1,261,240

20. A Star Is Born – $1,260,000

21. Ralph Breaks The Internet – $1,101,000

22. Cold War – $571,650

23. Free Solo – $212,540

24. Destroyer – $191,597

25. The Wife – $120,942

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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