Well, Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office, but it’s doubtful anyone at 20th Century Fox is getting their eyes disgustingly wide in excitement about it. The film, which cost an estimated $170 million (after tax credits, but before its assault of off-putting marketing), made only $28 million over the weekend, for a total of about $43 million since its Valentine’s Day release.
But while Alita is clearly going to need some legs internationally if it’s going to make its money back, it may actually pull it off. In its simultaneous release across 11 foreign markets, the would-be blockbuster has already managed another $94 million—and it still has yet to open in Japan and China, where they’ll almost certainly be more into it than we were here.
The rest of the top five saw Lego Movie 2 dip the second, Isn’t It Romantic debut in third, What Men Want drop to fourth, and Happy Death Day 2U open in fifth.
Looking ahead to next weekend’s box office, Alita is certain to be overtaken by How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the latest chapter in the animated series about dragons who have eyes where their nostrils should be.