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Glass hits ceiling; The Upside still up


Greg W. Locke

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 24, 2019

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The third film in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy, Glass, opened at the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office, selling just over $40 million over its first three days of release despite a score of just 42/100 on Metacritic.

The movie, which is technically a comic book film, stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Mc­Avoy, all reprising characters from the first two films in the trilogy. Shyamalan’s films never get good reviews, so it’s hard to take the Metacritic score too seriously.

That being said, this one doesn’t look very good to me. Like Split, the second film in the trilogy, Glass doesn’t look good enough to be named alongside Unbreakable, one of the greatest comic book films ever made.

Also at the Box

Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart buddy comedy, The Upside, continued to roll, taking the No. 2 spot at the box office with another $15.7 million in sales over its second weekend of release, bringing the film’s 10-day domestic sales total to $44 million. Not quite Kevin Hart numbers, but also not the lemon so many thought it would be.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the worst-titled film of 2019 so far, took the No. 3 spot at the box over its opening weekend, selling just $10.6 million.

Warner Bros.’ Aquaman took the No. 4 spot with another $10.3 million in sales, bringing the flick’s five-week worldwide sales total to $1.06 billion. Whoa. So I guess we’ll get at least two more of these Aquaman films. What would James Cameron and Vincent Chase think of that?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continued to surprise, again making the Top 5 with another $7.3 million in sales, bringing the $90 million film’s worldwide sales total to $322 million. Guess we’ll get some more of those as well. This comic book train sure doesn’t seem to be slowing down in any way, does it?

New This Week

It’s that very special time of year where none of the studios are putting out quality films because everyone is so focused on the year-end push of films that hope to be a part of the Oscar conversation. So while there are two new wide releases this week ­­— fantasy flick The Kid Who Would Be King and thriller Serenity — this weekend should be all about the films in the Oscar conversation.

And on that note: Stay tuned for next week’s column, in which I will discuss the by-then-just-announced Oscar nominations.

Screen Rant

I spent this past weekend on my couch, avoiding the snow storm and watching movies. I made a list of 26 films from 2018 that I loved, 26 films from 2018 that I didn’t love, and 26 films from 2018 that I still need to see.

I watched several of the films of the to-see list and, from that, updated my so-far list of favorites from 2018. I realized, while doing this, that whoa, 2018 was a remarkable year at the movies.

Here’s how the Top 10 is looking now, as I enter my final push to see all the notable films from the year past:

1. Minding the Gap (dir. Bing Liu)

2. Isle of Dogs (dir. Wes Anderson)

3. Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)

4. You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay)

5. First Reformed (dir. Paul Schrader)

6. BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee)

7. Vice (dir. Adam McKay)

8. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

9. The Old Man and the Gun (dir. David Lowery)

10. A Star Is Born (dir. Bradley Cooper)

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