Alita: Battle Angel Dominates Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
February 19, 2019  11:27 AM

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Despite the huge divide between critics and fans, Alita: Battle Angel is doing well in the box office. The cyberpunk film from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron topped Valentine's Day box office last week, and it also dominated the worst President's Day weekend since 2004. 

The film, which opened Thursday, beat expectations by grossing $27.8 million from Friday to Sunday, with expected earnings to reach $33 million through today, bringing the film's five-day total to over $40 million  — about $10 million more than anticipated. Alita earned an estimated $56.1 million overseas,  bringing its worldwide total to $94.3 million. 

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fell to second place in its second weekend, bringing $21.2 million, and about $27 million for the whole weekend. 

Third place went to Rebel Wilson's comedy Isn't It Romantic with $14.2 million from Friday to Sunday. 

What Men Want took fourth place with an estimated $10.9 million from Friday to Sunday and about $12 million for the President's Day weekend. 

Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 horror comedy, landed fifth with $9.8 million from Friday to Sunday, and around $12 million for the whole President's Day weekend. 

What Men Want landed in fourth place, earning an estimated $10.9 million for the three-day and around $12 million for the long President’s Day weekend.

Here's a list of Top 10 films from Friday to Sunday, with estimated box office earnings: 

1. Alita: Battle Angel, $27.8 million
2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $21.2 million
3. Isn’t It Romantic, $14.2 million
4. What Men Want, $10.9 million
5. Happy Death Day 2U, $9.8 million
6. Cold Pursuit, $5.965 million
7. The Upside, $5.48 million
8. Glass, $3.9 million
9. The Prodigy, $3.16 million
10. Green Book, $2.85 million

Synopsis: 

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

Alita: Battle Angel is now showing in theaters.

Related: Alita: Battle Angel Creator Claims Adaptation is "The Greatest Movie in The World"

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