Weekend box office: 'Alita' fights her way to the top of a quiet President's Day weekend

    Rosa Salazar stars as Alita in Twentieth Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

    Weekend Box Office: February 15 – 17, 2019

    (KUTV) - Last year saw “Black Panther” storm into theaters with an opening weekend that topped $200 million. This week’s top five combined won’t hit $100 million.

    With Valentine’s Day falling on a Thursday, “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Isn’t It Romantic” and “Happy Death Day 2U” all saw Wednesday releases. Of the lot, “Alita: Battle Angel” will finish atop the box office charts, but only “Happy Death Day 2U” made enough to ensure that it will turn a profit.

    “Alita: Battle Angel” will finish Monday with a domestic total around $41 million. That’s considerably better than what experts were predicting, but the sci-fi adaptation of the Japanese manga “Gunnm” cost $170 million to make. Internationally the film earned $56 million for a worldwide total just under $100 million. The film opens in China and Japan next week.

    The LEGO Movie 2” brought in an additional $21 million in its second weekend. Factor in the $6 million the film is expected to earn tomorrow, and the domestic total will be around $68 million. International numbers push the worldwide total to $100 million. While not a bust, “The LEGO Movie 2” will be lucky to make $150 million worldwide. In contrast, “The LEGO Movie” finished with $469 million worldwide.

    “Isn’t It Romantic” will finish Sunday with $14 million for the weekend. That pushes its total to $20 million against a $30-million budget.

    In its second weekend, “What Men Want” added $10 million to its coffers. The comedy has now earned $36 million domestically against a $20-million budget.

    “Happy Death Day 2U” rounds off the top five with $9.8 million for the weekend and a domestic total of $13.5 million. The film cost only $9 million to make, but like “The LEGO Movie 2,” that’s a serious drop off. “Happy Death Day” finished its first domestic weekend with $26 million. The 2017 film would finish its theatrical run with $125 million worldwide. I’d expect “Happy Death Day 2U” to top out with a worldwide total shy of $50 million. Fortunately for Universal, the film only cost $9 million to make.

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