BOX OFFICE: “Glass” edges “Upside”…again. “Miss Bala” bombs, WWI documentary cracks Top Ten

box2A terrible January, an historically low Super Bowl Weekend…

This is what the Academy gets by putting so much Oscar attention on a Netflix film (“Roma”) that won’t benefit Hollywood’s bottom line during awards season.

“Green Book” is the only Oscar contender, re-issued in time for the Academy Awards, still in the Top Ten.

“Black Panther” will re-enter theaters for a Black History Month (free showings) pre-Oscar release.

But enough of that. “Glass” looks to edge out the surprisingly strong Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston dramedy “The Upside” yet again, with @$9 million (a little less) for the weekend. “Upside” should finish, based on Friday’s numbers, a few $hundred thousand behind, per

Peter Jackson’s colorized (“colourized”) updating/alteration of World War I in the trenches with the Tommies, “They Shall Not Grow Old” opened in Britain, where it had an audience, and played as a string of single – night/short weekend bookings in North America, playing up the anniversary of the end of The Great War, World War I.

It did well. So well the studio decided to give it wide release on this Super Bowl weekend. And damned if it didn’t break into the Top Ten, just under $3 million in tickets sold.

Sony’s “Miss Bala” was counter-programmed against The Big Game weekend, the notion being a Latin flavored English language thriller might draw an audience that doesn’t care about American “futbol.” It’s not working out, as the Gina Rodriguez vehicle is only managing $6.5 million.

“The Kid Who Would be King” isn’t a total write-off for Fox, but a weak opening weekend and shrug off of a second one means it’s only going to reach maybe $22 (It’s at $13 now) before it loses its screens.

Fox would KILL for the numbers that “A Dog’s Way Home” has managed. The no-budget lost pet picture will clear the $35 million mark by Sunday midnight.

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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