M Night Shyamalan’s superhero caper holds off competition from Saoirse Ronan’s royal, while bad cop Nicole Kidman can’t get arrested
The winner: Glass
Resisting the challenge of new releases such as Vice, The Mule and A Dog’s Way Home, M Night Shyamalan’s Glass hung on at the top spot for a second week, with weekend takings of £1.94m, a decline of 42% from its opening session. Gross after 10 days is a decent £6.87m. For comparison, Split – which together with Shyamalan’s Unbreakable provided a precursor to Glass – stood at £6.03m at the same stage of its run.
With cinemas clogged with Oscar bait, Glass stands out as the film offering multiplex audiences something more commercially accessible. It will finally face some competition this Friday with Escape Room, followed five days later by the James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel.
The awards battle
The battle between films positioned for awards attention is getting increasingly intense. Friday saw the arrival of Adam McKay’s Vice and the Nicole Kidman starrer Destroyer, both competing for screen space against Mary Queen of Scots, The Favourite, Stan & Ollie, Beautiful Boyand Colette.
Universal and Working Title should be happy to see Mary Queen of Scots hold its ground, declining a relatively slim 27%. Vice, landing one place below it, kicks off with £1.33m including modest previews – almost identical to the £1.3m (including negligible previews) launch for McKay’s The Big Short three years ago. Stan & Ollie, falling 41%, and The Favourite, down 28%, are likely to emerge as the two big winners of the season at the UK box office. Respective tallies so far are £8.26m and £13.1m.
Destroyer landed down in 19th place, with a mediocre £106,000 from 113 cinemas. The tale of an undercover cop received some encouraging reviews, but there are too many titles competing in the prestige space, and the film is uncertainly positioned between drama and genre title.