‘Glass’ Stumbles as ‘Green Book’ Rides Oscar Surge

‘Glass’ Stumbles as ‘Green Book’ Rides Oscar Surge

As we approach the end of January, the first month of 2019 will see the lowest number of tickets sold in at least 25 years. The total could be down some 20 percent from last year, which followed similar drops in each of the preceding two. This weekend will come in around $100 million in total gross. That’s a drop of $43 million, or 30 percent, from pre-Super Bowl weekend 2018.

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” (Universal) led all films on its second weekend with $19 million, but fell 53 percent. The totals for the two new releases, “The Kid Who Would Be King” (20th Century Fox) and “Serenity” (Aviron), starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, could manage only half the “Glass” total. Throw in a low-end response to Oscar nominees and the results are discouraging indeed.

The poor showing for $59-million “The Kid Who Would Be King” is distressing. A loose reworking of the King Arthur saga among school kids in London,

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