"Alita" Edging "Lego Movie 2" at President's Box Office Day – Variety



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James Cameron's "Alita: Battle Angel" has a slight lead over "The Lego Movie 2" in a tight race to national box office supremacy during President's Day weekend.

Both estimates are about $ 27 million, according to preliminary estimates released Friday.

Both titles are currently the only positives of all the film productions of 2019, but they could be more than 20% behind by the end of the weekend. This is mainly because Marvel-Disney's "Black Panther" movie was launched during the same vacation a year ago, with $ 242 million over four days.

"Black Panther" was a box office juggernaut and a cultural phenomenon that the box office had never seen. For the month of February, he has published monumental and record figures, breaking records, "said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore." As expected, this weekend will be far behind the weekend the presidents and the cumulative deficit will unfortunately increase. "

Marvel-Disney's "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers: Endgame" may help narrow the gap in the coming months, but it's not certain that the North American box office of 2019 will reach the record $ 11.9 billion.

Friday, it is estimated that "Alita: Battle Angel" is about $ 400,000 more than "Lego Movie 2". Rebel Wilson's "Is not it romantic" seems to have outpaced Taraji P. Henson's "What Men Want", third at about $ 11. million over the four days. Universal-Blumhouse's slasher sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, was ranked fifth in the $ 7-8 million range.
"Alita" dominated North American cinema on Valentine's Day with an initial launch of $ 8.7 million in 3,790 venues, including previews. Fox's science fiction director, led by Robert Rodriguez, is expected to receive about $ 36 million in its first five days of publication on Monday, ahead of the presidents' recent announcement. "Alita: Battle Angel" is an expensive bet for Fox, given its $ 170 million production budget.

Warner Bros. '"The movie Lego 2: The second part" finished fifth of Valentine's Day with $ 2.2 million on 4,303 screens, or $ 40.9 million for the first week. He is expected to close the holiday weekend with about $ 68 million during his first 11 days.

New Line's "Is not It Romantic" raised $ 4.4 million on Valentine's Day for a total of $ 6.2 million over two days at 3,444 sites. The satirical comedy, which began Wednesday, is expected to bring in about $ 18 million by the end of the holidays.

"What Men Want" received $ 3.2 million on 2,912 sites on Valentine's Day for a $ 25.2 million run the first week. "Happy Death Day 2U", starring Jessica Rothe as a young woman who lives again the same day again and again, heads for a modest six-day, $ 11-million account at the end of the day. Presidents.

"Happy Death Day 2U" is a low-risk project, priced at $ 9 million. The original 2017 was very profitable, earning $ 125 million at the global box office.

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