20th Century Fox graphic novel adaptation Alita: Battle Angel is winning the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday weekend with an estimated $33 million. The Robert Rodriguez-directed film grossed $27.8 million from Friday to Saturday in 3,790 theaters, an average of $7,335 per location. The movie started playing in theaters on Thursday and will have made about $41.7 million domestically through Monday.
Internationally, Alita: Battle Angel scored with $56 million from 86 overseas markets this weekend. The film has already brought in $94.3 million overseas and is at $130.9 million worldwide through Sunday. The top overseas market so far is South Korea with $14.8 million, but Battle Angel will open in China and Japan on February 22nd. $11.7 million of the film’s four-day worldwide gross came from 757 IMAX screens in 74 markets.
Co-written and produced by James Cameron, Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson. Based on the graphic novel series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, the film was made for $170 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part dropped a spot to second with $21.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the long weekend. That puts the sequel’s two-week total at $62.7 million. Internationally, The LEGO Movie 2 added $12.1 million from 69 markets to take its overseas total to $34.7 million and worldwide sum to $97.7 million. The first film, released in 2014, earned $257.8 million in North America and $211.4 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $469.2 million. Directed by Mike Mitchell, The Second Part features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro.
New Line Cinema romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic debuted in third place with an estimated $14.2 million Friday to Sunday from 3,444 theaters, an average of $4,126 per location. Isn’t It Romantic opened on Wednesday and has earned $20.5 million since. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra.
Dropping two spots to fourth was Paramount Pictures’ What Men Want, which added $10.9 million over the three-day frame and is expected to bring in $12.6 million for the four-day weekend. The romantic comedy added $2.2 million from six international markets and is at $2.5 million overseas with more territories to come. The Adam Shankman-directed film, made for just $20 million, stars Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske, and Erykah Badu.
Rounding out the top five was newcomer Happy Death Day 2U (Universal Pictures), which opened with $9.8 million for the Friday-to-Sunday frame and has made $13.5 million since opening on Wednesday. Universal is projecting a total of $11.5 million for the sequel through Monday. Made for only $9 million, Happy Death Day 2U grossed $11.8 million through Sunday from 41 international markets and is at $25.3 million after one weekend. Written and directed by Christopher Landon, the sequel stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard.
In limited release, MGM’s Fighting with My Family grossed $131,625 from four theaters in Los Angeles and New York, an average of $32,906 per theater. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the story of WWE Superstar Paige stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson. The movie will expand wide on February 22.
DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens in North American theaters on February 22nd (and in China on March 1st), but the third installment has already earned $172.5 million overseas from 49 markets. The film grossed $21.7 million internationally this weekend. The sequel was directed by Dean DeBlois and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.