Safe to say, M. Night Shyamalan is back. Glass, the highly-anticipated sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, is looking at a massive debut at the box office next month and could be the first huge hit of 2019. Early projections have the movie taking in at least $50 million on its opening weekend, but some analysts believe that number could be much higher.
Glass will open on January 18 during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, which will give it a full four days to rake in the dough. According to a new report, tracking services have the sequel taking in $50 million or so, however, other industry sources say that the number will actually be as high as $75 million. That would be a tremendous start, as Glass will have a relatively low budget, much like its predecessor Split, which was made for just $9 million and grossed $278.4 million worldwide, making it one of the most profitable releases of 2017 overall.
This is the sort of thing that Blumhouse Productions is known for. They regularly turn their micro-budget horror offerings, such as The Purge and Get Out, into huge hits at the box office, with M. Night Shyamalan's last two movies being prime examples. Prior to Split, Shyamalan helped to get himself out of director's jail with his straightforward horror flick The Visit, which was generally well-received and grossed $98.4 million globally, working from just a $5 million budget. That helped pave the way for Split and, ultimately, Glass, which is the sequel many have been waiting years to see. By the time it finally arrives next month, it will have been nearly two decades since Shyamalan first introduced us to his non-traditional take on superheroes.
Unbreakable was released in 2000 as the filmmaker's follow-up to his breakout debut The Sixth Sense. While it was nearly impossible for him to top what had come before, Unbreakable was seen as a success, grossing $248.1 million worldwide. The key difference being the $75 million budget. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis are both back as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, and David Dunn respectively for Glass, who are set to meet up with James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, in addition to his plentiful personalities.
Much of the box office performance on opening weekend will be either bolstered or hindered by the critical reception, which we don't have just yet. There is no word on when Universal and Blumhouse are going to allow critics to see Glass, but that reception is going to be key not only for the opening weekend, but to give this movie some legs in the weeks that follow. If it's good, not only could that $75 million become much more realistic, but M. Night Shyamalan will have officially made one of the most impressive comebacks for a filmmaker in recent memory, if not ever. The Last Airbender be damned. This news was first reported by Deadline.