Last weekend saw the release of the year's first legitimate blockbuster with Glass, which fell slightly short of expectations, but still managed to bring in $40.3 million during its debut, which was a very solid start for M. Night Shyamalan's latest. This weekend sees a pair of newcomers on opposite ends of the spectrum with The Kid Who Would Be King and Serenity. The former, a large-scale family-friendly take on the legend of King Arthur, the latter, an indie with some serious star power. But can either take down Glass? Almost definitely not.
Glass will once again win the weekend, barring some sort of Shyamalan plot twist we can't possibly predict, with between $16 and $20 million. Critics weren't terribly kind to the finale of the Unbreakable/Split trilogy, but audiences seemed to enjoy it just a little bit more. It will be interesting to see how that affects its holdover heading into its second weekend. As of this writing, the sequel has already made $104 million worldwide.
It could be a tight race for second place at the box office this weekend, but the edge goes to another holdover in The Upside. The dramedy starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston has exceeded expectations and should add another $10 to $12 million to its total, good enough to best this weekend's newcomers. The STX release currently stands at $48.5 million domestically.
Next up is The Kid Who Would Be King, which comes from Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart star alongside a mostly young ensemble, led by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy Serkis. Early reviews have been very kind to this new twist on the old tale of King Arthur, as it currently sits at a very solid 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, Fox is looking at an opening weekend between $7 and $13 million, which isn't great for a movie of this scale. Though, word of mouth and lack of competition could help carry it well from week-to-week.
On the other end of the spectrum is Serenity, a drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, which centers on a man's ex-wife asking him to murder her new husband. Critics have not been kind to director Steven Knight's latest, as it sits at just 24 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, it looks to nab between $5 and $7 million. Though, it still may miss out on the top five. Also worth watching is Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which shocked last weekend with a $9.8 million take. Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions, and check back with us on Sunday for a full list of estimates. These numbers were provided by Box Office Mojo.