Box Office Report: Alita Fights Her Way to the Top

• Cyberpunk action movie based on manga series lifts box office 30%

The weekend gross of the top 20 movies was up nearly $3m to $12.32m which was the best number in the past three weeks.

Four new releases made the top 10 and two are in the top five.

#1 Alita: Battle Angel $3.78m

The movie is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Gunnm, but there are some battle-hardened box office veterans also helping ensure box office success – Titanic director and producers James Cameron and Jon Landau. Cameron has been working on the project for many years, originally delaying it to work on a little hit of his called Avatar. Contributing to post-production special effects was New Zealand’s Weta Digital. Fox opened the film on 453 screens with a screen average of $8,351. The last movie to open on more screens was How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with 473 on the first weekend of January.

#2 What Men Want $1.88m

An opening weekend saw Paramount place the fantasy comedy starring Tracy Morgan and Taraji P Henson on 257 screens for a screen average of $7,326.

#3 Green Book $885,000

The fourth weekend for the still-Oscar hopeful (we will find out by this time next week) remains on 293 screens delivering a screen average of $3,023. Box office earn to-date is $7.48m.

#4 Escape Room $760,000

The second weekend of the horror movie saw earnings dip 42% as screens hosting the movie only dipped by four to 204. Earnings to-dare are on $2.46m.

#5 The Mule $723,000

Clint Eastwood’s final Hollywood outing was down 33% no doubt meaning this should be the movie legend’s last appearance in a box office top five. Screens showing the movie were actually up 15 to 306 with a total box office for Clint’s farewell on $7.61m after four weeks.

Other new releases:

#6 Happy Death Day 2U $627,000 (220 screens at $2,853)

#9 Gully Boy $438,000 (51 screens at $8,605 – best of the weekend)


Bohemian Rhapsody update: 16 week total on $53.05 still showing on 174 screens. Now #7 all time box office in Australia.

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