BOX OFFICE: “Glass” frosts over, prospects drop — “Dragon Ball” fades


The heady box office projections of Friday AM have been tamped down a bit, a distant memory now.

“Glass,” M. Night Shyamalan’s *trilogy-ending thriller, won’t set the Martin Luther King Day record after all.

No $50 million+ take. A mere…$48.8 million in tickets now projected to be sold over the four day weekend, $42 million over three days (plus Thursday night).

It’s still a big money maker for Universal and could give Bruce Willis — the member of the cast with the most reduced casting circumstances (B-movies), a little bounce..

Samuel L. James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson will benefit too. As will the director. Even though the movie sucks and really, he’s been miss or hit since he returned from the dead. “Split” and “Devil” were OK, everything else? Not.

Fox helped Funnation animation get “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” into more theaters for a longer run than any previous “Dragon Ball” anime picture. They’ve turned up as Fathom Events one or two nighters, here and there before. Opening it on 500 screens (wide-ish) has paid off. Big Wed-Fri, fading off this weekend. From Wed. through Monday night, it is projected to pull in $18-19 million — about one million tickets sold.

The movie? For fans only.

“Replicas” disappears from the top ten, “On the Basis of Sex” is still in the top ten, and Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” has dropped out.

Your safest money as a prospective movie production investor? Put it in a sentimental picture about dogs. “A Dog’s Way Home” is holding audience and is out earning everything out there, in relation to budget. A $10 million+ four day weekend. It may stick around long enough to hit $40 (at $24 by midnight Monday).

“Bumblebee” is losing screens and finally fading. It will only end up with $135 or so at the US box office, all-in (It’s at $116 as of Monday). It made bank overseas, though. So more “Transformers” it is.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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