Fox's sci-fi adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" dominated in North America, but winning the first weekend does not leave the box office to celebrate much. Tracking services assume that this will be one of the lowest earnings of the President's Day for many years.
"Alita," the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $ 27 million when it debuted at 3,790 locations and $ 33 million during the four-day frame. Since opening on Thursday, the film has earned $ 41 million in the domestic market. It was a little better than the expectations for the weekend, but "Alita: Battle Angel" still has a long fight for profit. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost more than $ 1
With these words, the studio seems to have made the right decision to return "Alita's" release date. Originally, Fox had planned to drop the film in December, where he would have competed with a lineup like "Aquaman", "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Bumblebee". In this way, "Alita" avoided the "Mortal Engines," "Universal Sci-Fi epic that flopped spectacularly when it debuted at this time. On its first weekend, "Alita" has already passed the entire domestic cast of "Mortal Engines," the $ 100 million film that stagnated in North America for $ 15 million.
Another promising sign? Unlike critics, the audience seems to enjoy "Alita: Battle Angel". Moviegoers put the blockbuster on a promising A-Cinema score, suggesting that positive word of mouth could lead Rosa Salazar's cyborg heroine to a long theatrical life.
"Alita" did not set any new weekend records on President's Day, but it benefited from its new release date, when most kids left school during their vacations. The film is now focusing on international markets to bring "Alita" out of the red. The film is swinging overseas, where it drew $ 56 million this weekend when it opened in most major overseas markets. His international reward has grown to $ 94 million. It will open on February 22 in China and Japan.
"Alita: Battle Angel" barely defended Warner Bros. "" The Lego movie 2: The second part. "Last weekend's champion dropped to No. 2, another $ 21.2 million for a domestic move of $ 62.6 million, and the animated sequel, based on popular children's toys, has fierce competition on the horizon Weekend sees the release of "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" and Disney's "Captain Marvel" not far behind, with all three titles targeted at younger audiences.
Warner Bros. and New Line & # 39 come third ; s "Is not it Romantic." The satirical version of a romantic comedy benefited from the opening on Valentine's Day, whose first $ 14.2 million was four days of release.Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth play a major role in the film about one Woman whose life begins to play like a romantic PG-13 comedy (The Horror!) After being hit on the head.
The new release "Happy Death Day 2U" was not released I'm not feeling well from vacation. The Slasher sequel to Universal and Blumhouse was launched at the weekend with $ 9.8 million in fifth place. The $ 11.4 million premium since Wednesday's opening is almost half of what tracking services would expect for the weekend. It is also a steep decline from the opening weekend of its predecessor, Happy Death Day, which bowed to $ 26 million. The good news is that the movie cost only $ 9 million, so "Happy Death Day 2U" can not go long in the black.
Paramount's remake of "Gender Men", "What Men Want", came in fourth, earning $ 10.8 million during its second deployment.
In the indie front, MGM's "Fighting With My Family" earned $ 131,625 in three days and is expected to earn $ 163,584 by Monday. At $ 40,896 per site, the best screen average of the weekend was achieved. The WWE drama produced by Dwayne Johnson will be expanded nationwide next weekend.
Not surprisingly, ticket sales are nearly 60% lower than last year when "Black Panther" made a record $ 202 million debut. The remainder of February will make tough comparisons as Marvel's more inclusive influence on the superhero genre brought in $ 700 million during his long time in multiplexes.
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