‘Alita’ vanquishes box-office rivals

Source:AFP Published: 2019/2/18 17:38:39

Promotional material for Alita: Battle Angel Photo: IC

Fox's new sci-fi spectacle Alita: Battle Angel is dominating North American box offices with an estimated $33 million take this four-day holiday weekend, industry trackers said on Sunday.

The film, with Rosa Salazar voicing Alita, a cyborg almost more human than machine, was set to make $27.8 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period and an additional $5.2 million for Monday's President's Day holiday in the US, Exhibitor Relations reported.

The computer-animated adaptation of a Japanese cyberpunk manga story has big names behind it, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. 

The project, 20 years in the making, also has a sizable budget: $170 million.

The Fox film beat out last weekend's leader, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which earned Warner Bros an estimated $21.2 million in ticket sales for the first three days of the weekend and $27.3 million when Monday is included.

This fourth Lego movie again features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett - joined this time by Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph - in a story of love and chaos in a post-apocalyptic toyland.

In third was another Warner Bros film, Isn't It Romantic?, at $14.2 million for three days and $16.5 million for four. Rebel Wilson stars as a rom-com hating New Yorker who, after a blow to the head, finds herself in her own romantic comedy. Liam Hemsworth also stars.

Fourth place went to Paramount's What Men Want. The gender-switching remake of 2000's What Women Want stars Taraji P. Henson. It had three-day ticket sales of $10.9 million and a four-day total of $12.6 million.

And in fifth was Happy Death Day 2U from Universal, at $9.8 million for three days and $11.5 million for four - already recouping the mere $9 million it cost to make. Jessica Rothe again plays the role of a young woman living and reliving the day of her murder.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

Cold Pursuit ($6 million for three days; $7.1 million for four)

The Upside ($5.6 million; $6.7 million)

Glass ($3.9 million; $4.8 million)

The Prodigy ($3.2 million; $3.8 million)

Green Book ($2.8 million; $3.5 million)


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