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'Glass' shatter-proof atop North American box office

 

Agence France-Presse

Los Angeles, United States  /  Mon, February 4, 2019  /  01:06 pm
'Glass' shatter-proof atop North American box office

A still from 'Glass.' (Universal Pictures/File)

"Glass" proved shatter-proof atop North American box offices for a third straight weeked, earning $9.5 million, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

Directed and financed by M. Night Shyamalan, Universal's superhero thriller unites narratives from his "Unbreakable" ( 2000 ) and "Split" ( 2016 ).

Much of the film, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and James McAvoy, takes place in a psychiatric facility.

Keeping it company in the number two spot was buddy drama "The Upside," with earnings of $8.9 million over the three-day weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"The Upside" stars Bryan Cranston as a wealthy quadriplegic who hires ex-convict Kevin Hart as his caretaker.

"Miss Bala," in which Gina Rodriguez features as a Los Angeles Latina who finds herself mixed up in the dark world of drug trafficking on the Mexican border, made its entry at third place to earn $6.7 million.

Catherine Hardwicke directs this remake of the 2011 Mexican original.

Rodriguez, Golden Globe-winning star of the TV comedy "Jane the Virgin," is among 95 percent of the film's cast and crew who are Latino -- which is still something of a Hollywood rarity but a figure Rodriguez hopes will become more normal. 

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Sinking a notch to fourth place was superhero flick "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa as the underwater king.

It earned $4.8 million, adding to a global take of more than $1 billion which has made it the largest DC Comics adaptation of all time, according to Exhibitor Relations.

After eight weeks, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" remained in fifth spot, with takings of $4.4 million.

The film is the favorite to win an Oscar for best animated feature later this month.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"Green Book" ($4.3 million)

"The Kid Who Would Be King" ($4.2 million)

"A Dog's Way Home" ($3.5 million)

"Escape Room" ($2.9 million)

"They Shall Not Grow Old" ($2.4 million)