Glass: M Night Shyamalan Superhero Movie Tracking for $70 Million Opening

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M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero sequel Glass opens in January. According to new estimates, the latest entry in the film series that began with 2000's Unbreakable is estimated to make a noticeable debut to kickstart the 2019 season.

According to Variety, the climatic thriller could earn between $70-$75 million when it opens on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, although some conservative box office observers have predicted the film may earn a modest $50 million.

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Shyamalan's Unbreakable earned $248.1 million worldwide when it was released. Distributed by Disney, the film cost $75 million to produce. Split was released in 2016 and earned $278.5 million at the box office. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film cost $9 million to produce. Glass will also be distributed through Universal Pictures, but cost $20 million to produce, a rare exception for Blumhouse Productions, which typically makes its movies for under $10 million.

Shyamalan wrote and directed all three films in the Unbreakable series, also known as the Eastrail 177 trilogy, which unites Unbreakable characters David Dunn and Elijah Price, portrayed by Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, with Split’s Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy).

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All three of the superpowered characters have been institutionalized where a specialist played by Sarah Paulson attempts to cure them of their psychosis. When Crumb and Price, also known as The Horde and Mr. Glass, unite to reveal their existence to the world regardless of the body count it requires, it’s up to David Dunn, now called The Overseer, to stop them.

Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is slated for release on Jan. 18, 2019. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson as Ellie Staple.

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