M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ To Smash $105M+ Worldwide Over MLK Weekend
After a post-holiday sleeper period at the box office largely dominated by Warner Bros’ Aquaman, the 2019 box office is set to wake up this weekend with its first, truly fire-breathing event film, Glass, from two-time Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan. It is looking at a $105 million-$120 million global start, inclusive of the four-day MLK holiday in the U.S.
While an immediate follow-up to the director’s Universal/Blumhouse surprise $278M-plus grossing hit Split from two years ago, Glass has more of a legacy appeal to Shyamalan fans as it’s also a sequel to his 2000 cult superhero movie Unbreakable. Because of that film’s connection, Disney, which originally handled Unbreakable theatrically 18 years ago, has overseas on Glass via Buena Vista International.
James McAvoy reprises his Split role as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man who suffers from an extreme case of Dissociative Identity Disorder, with 23 personalities. He becomes imprisoned at a mental hospital with Samuel L. Jackson’s evil, brittle-boned Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis’ good guy strong man David Dunn, and they have to fight their way out.
Tracking is seeing Glass at $60M over four days at roughly 3,700 theaters in U.S. and Canada, but there are some who believe this pic, given its long fandom appeal, could jump to $70M. Glass cost in the low $20M before P&A to make and was completely financed by Shyamalan; the movie was a negative pickup for both Universal and BVI.