One of the most eagerly anticipated science fiction movies in a very long time is “Alita: Battle Angel.” This is a film based on a couple of animated movies from Japan. It was directed by Robert Rodriguez. It was also produced and co-written by the legendary James Cameron. It has generated quite a bit of buzz prior to its release. This is due mainly to the very good reviews is has received from many of the most important film and entertainment publications. Therefore, a very big opening weekend was expected. The film did beat all of the other competition at the box office last weekend. However, the total amount of money it earned was less than spectacular.
“Alita: Battle Angel” pulled in $27.8 million over the weekend. It made an additional $9 million on Thursday. This allowed it to top “The Lego Movie 2” to become the highest grossing film last weekend. However, it should be noted that “The Lego Movie 2” had already been released. There were also no other strong movies opening against it. It is estimated that “Alita: Battle Angel” cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million to make. This means that the promotional budget was also a similar figure. It would be a huge task for the movie to make more than $400 million around the world after such a low opening in the United States.
The one positive thing that 20th Century Fox can cling to is the fact that the film has yet to open in China. This is good news because the United States is the only country in the world where movies make more than China. In the past, China has helped movies that have struggled in the rest of the world to earn a profit. The Chinese people often have different tastes than people in other countries. Fox will be hoping that is the case where “Alita” is concerned.
Fox also needs to be concerned about the competition that “Alita” will face in upcoming weekends. There will be a new “How to Train Your Dragon” movie that is already getting nice reviews. “Captain Marvel” will also be hitting theaters in early March. This is the latest film from Marvel Studios. Will it be another blockbuster? Only time will tell. What is certain is that things could go very poorly for “Alita” in the coming weeks unless foreign moviegoers start to buy some tickets.