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Glass could break through with $100 million-plus worldwide this weekend

By Don Kaye
Samuel L Jackson and James McAvoy in Glass

Glass, M. Night Shyamalan's sequel to both his earlier films Split and Unbreakable, could be looking to smash through the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office this weekend.

According to Deadline, Glass is tracking for an international box office start that could range anywhere from $105 million to $120 million following its opening on Friday (Jan. 18). That includes the film's opening numbers in the U.S., which will benefit from a four-day weekend thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. day this Monday (Jan. 21).

In the U.S. alone, the movie is looking at an estimated first-weekend haul of anywhere from a low end of $50 million to a peak of $70 million. Anything in that ballpark or higher would be solid gold for Shyamalan's grand statement on superheroes, villains and comic books, which reportedly cost just in the low $20 million range to make — peanuts compared to most tentpoles and sequels.

If Glass ends up hitting the numbers predicted for it, it should end up being Shyamalan's third straight box office success in a row, following 2015's The Visit ($98 million worldwide on a $5 million budget) and 2017's Split ($278 million on a $9 million price tag).

Compare that to the director's previous two films, 2013's After Earth and 2010's The Last Airbender, both of which cost around $150 million to make and either lost money or barely broke even at the box office.

Even though reviews of Glass so far have been decidedly mixed and leaning negative, that has not quieted the anticipation of fans who have been waiting patiently for 19 years to see the continuation of the story Shyamalan started in Unbreakable.

Combining that with the more recent success of Split — which worked well as a standalone thriller even if you didn't understand the Unbreakable-linked scene at the end — looks like it's going to be a winning combination for Shyamalan.

One thing to note as well is that while Glass is opening in a number of international territories this weekend, it is still awaiting a release date in the biggest global market of all, China. Once that happens, the overall worldwide figures could get a later boost. Glass also has no direct genre competition in the U.S. until Alita: Battle Angel and Happy Death Day 2U step up to the plate in mid-February.

Are you going to rush out and see Glass the first weekend? Are you more a Split fan or an Unbreakable loyalist? Let us know below!