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Box Office: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Does Okay During A Quiet Weekend

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The box office was expected to perform a lot less than this weekend last year when Marvel’s Black Panther exceeded expectations and delivered an opening weekend of just over $200 million, but it’s probably down a lot more than everyone hoped.

This weekend saw the release of producer James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film, based on a Japanese Manga by Yukito Kishiro, opened to $27.8 million. That’s lower than Fox was hoping for, but, as is becoming the norm, this film looks set to make its $170 million budget back once the global market has spoken. Internationally Alita is already up to $130 million. With it opening in China and Japan this Friday, expect the international numbers to soar.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part dropped 37.8% to come in at second place with $21.2 million. Things are not looking good in the long run for this franchise. With $34.7 million, even the international numbers aren’t helping.

Isn’t It Romantic, Rebel Wilson’s first starring vehicle, opened to a respectable $14.2 million. The movie, which is a satire of romantic comedies, smartly opened early on Wednesday to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day audience. It’s total domestic take is $20.4 million.

What Men Want dropped two spots to number four with $10.9 million. It’s now at $36.1 million domestic.

The horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U opened in fifth place with $9.8 million. That’s quite a bit below the first film’s 2017 debut at number one with $26 million, but this is a Blumhouse flick, so the budget was only $9 million. 2U will have no problem turning a profit. Its total domestic is now at $25.3 million.

That’s it for this week, the numbers should be higher next week with the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which is the third and final entry in the franchise.

Here’s the full top ten. As always, worldwide numbers include the domestic takes, so if you need to know what the international numbers are you’ll have to break out the calculator.

Rank Title Weekend Take Domestic Total Worldwide Total
1. Alita: Battle Angel $27,800,000 $36,516,232 $130,885,895
2. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $21,200,000 $62,690,359 $97,930,359
3. Isn’t It Romantic $14,200,000 $20,455,347 N/A
4. What Men Want $10,900,000 $36,150,328 $38,650,328
5. Happy Death Day 2U $9,800,000 $13,527,500 $25,327,500
6. Cold Pursuit $6,000,000 $21,122,332 N/A
7. The Upside $5,590,000 $94,197,031 $103,997,031
8. Glass $3,859,000 $103,489,915 $234,789,915
9. The Prodigy $3,150,065 $11,015,539 N/A
10. Green Book $2,751,000 $65,756,401 $126,356,401

SOURCE: Box Office Mojo

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