Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Winning Valentine’s Day With $8M-Plus


У перший день кінопрокату в США «Аліта: Бойовий ангел» Роберта Родрігеса зібрала 8 мільйонів доларів.

The James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel is beating expectations so far in its box office debut, and is easily dominating Valentine’s Day, according to early returns.

Alita is on course to earn $8 million to $9 million on Thursday, including $2.4 million in previews. That puts the movie on pace to earn $36 million to $38 million in its five-day debut if traffic holds, good enough for a first-place finish ahead of Isn’t It Romantic and Happy Death Day 2U.

The trio of films are opening midweek in advance of Valentine’s Day and the long President’s Day weekend.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita is a huge gamble for 20th Century Fox, considering the performance-capture pic cost as much as $200 million to produce before marketing (after rebates and tax incentives, the budget was $165 million-$170 million). The cyberpunk adventure, starring Rosa Salazar, was written by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Cameron produced alongside his partner at Lightstorm, Jon Landau.

Alita has the benefit of playing on higher-priced Imax, premium large format and 3D screens.

Looking to be the date-night choice on Valentine’s Day, New Line’s Isn’t it Romantic is on course for a $4.4 million-$5.4 million Thursday after debuting to $1.8 million on Wednesday. The film’s projected six-day debut is now in the $20 million-$23 million range.

Rebel Wilson stars as a rom-com-detesting Manhattananite who suddenly finds herself living in her very own romantic comedy.

Of the three films, Happy Death Day 2U is coming in well behind expectations so far. It may only earn $2 million to $3 million on Wednesday for a six-day debut of $8 million to $10 million. Tracking had suggested the Blumhouse and Universal slasher pic, which cost just $6 million to make, would match Alita over the long holiday weekend.

Happy Death Day 2U earned under $1 million on Wednesday, according to estimates. It opted to bow Wednesday out of deference to the one-year anniversary of the Parkland school shootings, which is Thursday.

In the sequel to 2017’s Happy Death Day, Jessica Rothe reprises her role as a young woman who once again finds herself living the same day again and again after being killed, only this time her friends are targets.

Box office analysts suggest that numbers could shift for all three films as the weekend unfolds.

Alita in particular will need to do big business both domestically and overseas in order to avoid turning into the year’s first big-budget miss (its early foreign gross is $32 million).

Additionally, the Dwayne Johnson-produced Fighting With My Family is launching in four theaters before expanding nationwide next weekend.

Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 лютого 2019 року