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Box Office Report for February 15-17

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a massively budgeted picture in Alita: Battle Angel entered the marketplace, hoping to be the one to dominate and become the box office champion, along with a few other interesting new releases. How did they all do? Let us take a look right now at just that, though it was the worst President’s Day weekend in 15 years, money wise, so keep that in mind…

The top spot this weekend went to the CGI fest Alita: Battle Angel, our new box office champion. That was expected. Temper that excitement though, if you had any, as it did a poor $27.8 million. Even factoring in the rest of the week, as it opened early, the number only jumps to $36.5 million. With a budget of about $170 million, this is shaping up to be a big flop for James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, and company.

Coming in at number two was last week’s champion in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. A $21.2 million haul made for a very nice hold. It’s not going to be a phenomenon like the first one, but this should end up still doing respectable business.

Aiming for your heart at number three was the Valentine’s Day offering Isn’t It Romantic. $14.2 million for the weekend and $20.4 million overall isn’t bad, but hopes were probably a little big higher for this one. Presumably, the low box office in general for President’s Day weekend dragged it down, aside from what it took in on the 14th.

Also opening this weekend was Happy Death Day 2U, the latest modestly budgeted Blumhouse fright flick. A sequel to a surprise hit in Happy Death Day, this wasn’t blowing anyone away, numbers wise, as the weekend only made for $9.8 million, with the total from earlier in the week jumping it up to $13.5 million. That being said, it only cost $9 million to make, so Jason Blum and company aren’t sweating at all.

Of note, Fighting with My Family opened in limited release before going wide next weekend and took in $131,000 for the weekend and $165,000 for the week from just four screens. That bodes well for it’s wider berth, that’s for sure…

Among indie debuts, Birds of Passage, Hotel by the River, and Ruben Brandt, Collector all opened on just one or two screens, not really making an impact. If they expand and do better business, we’ll be sure to mention it!

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Alita: Battle Angel – $27,800,000

2. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $21,215,000

3. Isn’t It Romantic – $14,210,000

4. What Men Want – $10,920,000

5. Happy Death Day 2U – $9,816,000

6. Cold Pursuit – $6,000,000

7. The Upside – $5,590,000

8. Glass – $3,859,000

9. The Prodigy – $3,150,065

10. Green Book – $2,751,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $1,965,000

12. Aquaman – $1,885,000

13. They Shall Not Grow Old – $985,000

14. Miss Bala – $970,000

15. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $916,000

16. A Dog’s Way Home – $890,000

17. Bohemian Rhapsody – $870,000

18. A Star Is Born – $810,000

19. Escape Room – $620,000

20. The Favourite – $570,000

21. Vice – $539,972

22. Cold War – $404,350

23. Mary Poppins Returns – $385,000

24. The Kid Who Would Be King – $335,000

25. Stan & Ollie – $260,170

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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