‘Serenity’ and ‘Kid Who Would Be King’ Struggle at Sleepy Box Office
The January box office comes to a close
The box office was short on new content this week, and the family drama “The Kid Who Would Be King” and the thriller “Serenity” were the only major releases to debut in theaters. The good news for movie fans is that the slow January box office is finally coming to a close, and moviegoers have several major releases to look forward to next month.
Even with two new releases hitting the box office, “Glass” remained at the top of the domestic charts. The thriller brought in another $19M this weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to just over $73.5M domestically. “Glass” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and the film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson.
STX’s “The Upside” landed in second-place this week with a $12.2M weekend. The comedy, now in its third week in theaters, has made over $63M domestically. “The Upside” was directed by Neil Burger; the film stars Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Aquaman” dropped to third-place overall on the charts this week, but the film still brought in over $7.3M. In the six weeks since the film debuted, “Aquaman” has made over $316M domestically. “Aquaman” was directed by James Wan, the film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe.
“The Kid Who Would Be King” was the highest grossing new release this week, bringing in over $7.2M across 3,521 locations. “The Kid Who Would Be King” was written and directed by Joe Cornish. The film features Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart.
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” remained on the Top Five for another week; the film made over $6.1M during the sleepy box office weekend. The animated hit has made over $169M since the film’s domestic debut seven weeks ago. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, the film features the voice talents of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, and Hailee Steinfeld.
Not making the Top Five but worth mentioning is this week’s other new releases “Serenity.” The thriller only made $4.8M this weekend, opening across 2,561 locations and debuting in eighth-place overall. “Serenity” was written and directed by Steven Knight, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, and Diane Lane.
Next weekend moviegoers can see the action-thriller “Miss Bala” with Gina Rodriguez. You should also check out the specialty box office next weekend, as the survival drama “Arctic” with Mads Mikkelsen is also set to debut. The following weekend starts the February release schedule, and the month will begin with several nationwide releases. The action drama “Cold Pursuit” with Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, and Laura Dern will open against the animated-comedy “LEGO Movie 2,” as well as the horror-thriller “The Prodigy” and the comedy “What Men Want.”