BOX OFFICE REPORT
February 15-17, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Alita: Battle Angel||$27.8 million|
|The LEGO Movie 2||$21.2 million|
|Isn't It Romantic||$14.2 million|
|What Men Want||$10.9 million|
|Happy Death Day 2U||$9.1 million|
The good news for Fox is that Alita: Battle Angel probably did much better this weekend than it would have had it kept its original Christmas week release date. The bad news? This cost an estimated $170 million, meaning it will have to do extremely well overseas to make up the difference. It's off to a decent start, raking in around $94 million outside North America, but this is still likely to be one of the year's biggest flops. Robert Rodriguez is still stuck in his rut.
The LEGO Movie 2 dropped nearly 38 percent. That's a solid hold, but it still hasn't made in two weeks what the original made in its first weekend. (That's a trait it shares with a movie we'll get to in a moment.) It will eventually be the third film of 2019 to cross $100 million, but it's not as big a deal when there's been so few breakout successes. Isn't It Romantic opened in third place, taking in $20 million since opening Wednesday.
What Men Want dropped to fourth place, but lost only 40 percent of its debut weekend gross. It's almost doubled its budget already. But the big surprise to me this weekend was Happy Death Day 2U. The original was the top film the weekend it debuted, with an impressive $26 million. The sequel had solid reviews, on par with the original. But even the usually consistent horror audience didn't turn out for this outing. As usual, though, its small budget means it's already turned a profit.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Fighting with My Family, the comedy about WWE wrestler Paige, pile-drove its competition. Playing on only four screens, the film averaged $32,906. It goes into wide release next week.
- Glass finally, after five weeks, became the first film of 2019 to cross $100 million. In fairness, we didn't have one in 2018 before Black Panther opened.
- Aquaman passed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to become the second-biggest movie in the DC Extended Universe.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the only major new release. Based on the diminishing returns of the franchise, I'm predicting a $40 million opening, but a finish of less than $150 million.