M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Is Already Predicted To Be An Early 2019 Box Office Hit

M. Night Shyamalan is smiling on the red carpet.

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Glass is the much-anticipated sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s twisted superhero flick, Unbreakable, and psychological thriller, Split. Shyamalan had been hinting at a sequel for Unbreakable for 16 years before Split debuted in theaters in 2016. One of Bruce Willis’ most beloved characters, David Dunn, makes a brief appearance near the end of the movie, tying the two universes together and making Split a part of the trilogy Shyamalan teased in the past.

Now the wait is over, and fans will be able to see Dunn and the unforgettable Mr. Glass go head to head after almost two decades of waiting. Will the film finally put an end to the director’s failed film streak?

What will ‘Glass’ be about?

Glass will be bringing the main cast from Unbreakable back alongside Split’s Kevin Wendell Crumb and The Horde (James McAvoy) and sole survivor Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke). The film follows newly introduced Dr. Ellie Staple, played by the talented Sarah Paulson, as she works towards breaking the delusions of grandeur of her three patients: Dunn, Crumb, and Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass.

After Dunn flexes his superhero abilities, aiding in the capture of a rogue Crumb, the two are captured and housed alongside the highly intelligent Mr. Glass. Staple eventually figures out a way to bring out Crumb’s personalities, her first misstep. Mr. Glass utilizes her discovery to connect with the Beast, Crumb’s most vicious and powerful persona, to prove to the world that superhuman abilities aren’t just in comics, they are real. Dunn’s purpose — stop Mr. Glass and The Beast from unleashing havoc on humanity.

Why is ‘Glass’ expected to do so well?

Fans have been waiting practically two decades for the sequel to Unbreakable, a Shyamalan fan-favorite and his sixth top grossing film. The film stars an unbreakable man, Dunn, who is the sole survivor of a fatal train accident. His consistent physical fortune goes public and Price, his polar opposite due to his fragile nature, tracks him down to shed some light on his superhuman condition. The film went over well, and with Shyamalan teasing fans all these years the hype has grown.

With an all-star cast hailing from two of his better films, an intriguing plot, and the anticipation built over 19 years, fans should fill theaters. Split took the number one spot during its debut weekend, and Unbreakable took number two, grossing over $70 million between them. Will Glass follow suit? According to projections, the film will pull in $75 million during the MLK weekend, surpassing that of its predecessors combined.

The ‘Glass’ trailer is amazing

Glass’ potential to do well doesn’t just come from the success of the previous films, though it certainly plays a part. The trailers are absolutely riveting. The narrating by Paulson and Jackson is perfect and clues viewers into the basis of the film. The cinematography is flawless. The audio, both background music, and sound cues do a fantastic job of shaking up viewers. Shyamalan goes back to his roots and successfully builds suspense while giving viewers a lot to look forward to in the upcoming film.

Shyamalan needs ‘Glass’ to do well in theaters

Shyamalan needs Glass to fill theater seats worldwide. His “debut” film, The Sixth Sense is considered his most successful, but it dates all the way back to 1999. While his films have been hit and miss throughout his career, his most recent films have mostly been disappointments. Split was well-received but garnished some criticism for its negative portrayal of mental illness. The Visit, while not terrible, was a pretty average film, but amongst his failures, it was a welcome breath of fresh air.

Before The Visit, Shyamalan released his most expensive failures — After Earth and The Last AirbenderAfter Earth only made $60 million nationwide, which is nothing compared to the production cost of $130 million. The film managed to do more than break even thanks to international viewing. Not only was the movie bad for Shyamalan but stars Will and Jaden Smith also felt the backlash.

The Last Airbender was another major disappointment considering its impressive source material. The film cost $150 million to produce and only grossed $130 million domestically. While the numbers aren’t as terrible as After Earth, the film was considered his worst when it released and received a scathing score of 5% of Rotten Tomatoes.

With a string of failed films and lukewarm receptions, the director could use a box office hit to turn the tides of his once promising career.