The performance is slightly below Universal’s forecasts of $50 million for its supernatural thriller, which took in $3.7 million at 3,200 North American sites in Thursday night previews. “Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000, and his 2017 hit “Split.”
Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson star. “Glass” is expected to deliver the second-largest debut for January and for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, behind only “American Sniper,” which grossed $107.2 million during Friday-Monday in 2015. “Glass” could surpass “Ride Along” as the second-best bow during the four-day frame if it can top the $48 million that Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s buddy comedy took in during the same period in 2014.
Shyamalan wrote, directed, and financed “Glass,