M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass‘ has sparked quite the conversation online. It looks like one of those films you either love or hate. The film has a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score is much higher at 78%.
And that shows at the box office. It made $47 million this past weekend, which was more than enough to secure the top spot. It’ll likely become the third-best showing for both January and MLK holiday weekend behind Ride Along and American Sniper.
‘Glass’ was produced on a budget of just $20 million, so it’s already a success. That being said, the studio expected the opening weekend numbers to be closer to $60 million domestically. The worldwide total for the movie should pass the $100 million mark today.
“Shyamalan self-financed ‘Glass,’ leaving marketing and distribution to Universal in the States and Buena Vista International for the overseas rollout. Internationally, ‘Glass’ launched with $48.5 million over the weekend for a global debut of $89 million. Buena Vista International didn’t include Monday estimates since the MLK holiday is only observed in the States.”
So while Shyamalan might not be pleased with the reviews from critics, he has to be happy with the $$$. He put up $20 million and has already turned it into $100 million. Not a bad weekend.[mashshare]