On a slow box office weekend, Universal’s “Glass” had a decent hold with a chart-topping $19 million, dropping 53 percent from its $40 million opening.
With a 10-day total of $73.6 million, the M. Night Shyamalan film is approximately 5 percent behind the pace set by its 2017 predecessor, “Split,” which posted a 10-day total of $77.3 million and went on to finish with a domestic total of $138.2 million. “Glass” will have one more weekend with little competition, as Sony’s “Miss Bala” will be the only newcomer on Super Bowl weekend followed by “The Lego Movie 2” on February 8.
Meanwhile, this weekend’s two new releases disappointed, with Fox’s “The Kid Who Would Be King” opening well below its production budget while Aviron’s “Serenity” crashed out of the top 5. “The Kid Who Would Be King” opened to just $7.1 million against a reported $59 million budget, though reception was strong with an 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a B+ from family audiences polled by CinemaScore. “Serenity” had no such silver linings with a $4.5 million opening from 2,561 screens, earning a 22 percent RT score and a D+ on CinemaScore.
Between “Glass” and “Kid Who Would Be King,” STX’s “The Upside” and WB’s “Aquaman” completed the top 3. “The Upside” had another solid hold with $12.2 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $63.1 million. “Aquaman” added $7.3 million in its sixth weekend for a domestic total of $316 million.
Worldwide, “Aquaman” now sits at $1.09 billion, passing “The Dark Knight Rises” to become the highest-grossing DC film of all-time. Warner Bros. also saw its other December release, Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” cross the $100 million domestic mark this weekend.
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” completes the top 5 with $6.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $169 million after seven weekends in theaters. Finally, in sixth place, Universal’s “Green Book” led all the Oscar Best Picture contenders still in theaters after nomination day, adding $5.4 million from 2,430 screens to push its total to $49 million.
Oscar Nominations 2019: Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Yalitza Aparicio to Mister Rogers:
Hollywood awards gurus — like our own beloved Steve Pond — have gotten Oscar prognostication down almost to a science. But that doesn’t mean that the Academy doesn’t throw us a curveball every year. Here are the nominations that were the biggest surprises, and the snubs that burned the most.
SNUB: “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Best Picture) — Barry Jenkins’ beautiful adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel by the same name did not mesmerize Academy voters. Jenkins did earn a nomination for adapted screenplay, with the film’s score and supporting actress Regina King also earning nods but the film was snubbed for Best Picture as only eight of the possible ten nomination slots were used.
SURPRISE: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War” (Best Director) — The foreign language category will contribute two nominees to the Best Director field, as the Polish Pawlikowski joins Mexican frontrunner Alfonso Cuaron in a field that also includes Adam McKay, Spike Lee, and Yorgos Lanthimos.
SNUB: Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” (Best Director) — But one person who was considered a contender to earn a nomination for his directorial debut was left off the list, as Bradley Cooper will have to settle for a Best Actor nomination for his work on the third remake of “A Star Is Born.”
SURPRISE: Marina De Tavira, “Roma” (Best Supporting Actress) — De Tavira nabbed a best supporting actress nomination for her role as Sra. Sofía in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.” The film is beloved by critics and was expected to garner a bounty of nominations, but De Tavira had not been projected to grab one of them for her performance as the weary, neglected matriarch of the family that Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo works for.
SNUB: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Best Documentary Feature) — Morgan Neville’s sentimental look back at the life and career of Fred Rogers tugged on the heartstrings of many last summer, and it was thought to be a shoo-in for this year’s Oscars. Shockingly, it was left off the final nomination list, with “Of Fathers and Sons” joining category favorites “RBG” and “Free Solo” on the list instead.
SURPRISE: Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (Best Actor) — Nearly every year, there’s a surprise leading performance that sneaks onto the nominations list after being championed by critics on the indie circuit. This year’s surprise is Dafoe, earning his fourth Oscar nomination and first for a lead performance as Vincent Van Gogh in the troubled painter’s final days.
SNUB: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (Best Actor) — Paul Schrader earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of this breathtaking drama. But despite critical acclaim, Hawke will not get a nod for his gripping performance as a priest wrestling with the existential despair of climate change.
SURPRISE: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” (Best Actress) — Several awards predictors said there was a good chance the “Roma” star could earn a nomination for her powerful performance as Cleo. But it is still a big feat to earn a spot alongside the likes of Lady Gaga and Glenn Close
SNUB: Toni Collette, “Hereditary” (Best Actress) — When the devastating horror film “Hereditary” hit theaters last summer, Collette’s performance as a grief-stricken mother earned her a wave of fans demanding she get Oscar consideration. Sadly, the buzz around her and the film could not keep momentum into awards season.
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