Women Lead the Weekend Box Office Ruling the Top Five
It was the worst President’s Day Weekend in 15 years but the top five films all starred women or had women taking the lead to save the day.
Alita: Battle Angel beat expectations with an estimated $27.8 million for the three-day weekend and is expected to earn a bit over $33 million for the four-day weekend. Over five days the film will have earned around $41 million which is well ahead the $30 million expectation. Still, the film has a $170 million price tag and would need somewhere around $500-$550 million worldwide to break even.
Internationally the film debuted in 11 markets last weekend and expanded to 86 markets this weekend. There it earned $56.1 million to bring its foreign earnings to $94.3 million. It’ll release in China and Japan on February 22.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part dropped from first to second earning an estimated $21.2 million to bring its domestic total to $62.7 million. Over the four days it’s expected to earn $27 million to bring its domestic earnings to around $70 million. Internationally it added $12 million from 69 markets to bring its global total to just shy of $98 million. It releases in France and Italy this coming week and in Australia on March 21.
Rebel Wilson’s Isn’t It Romantic opened in third place with an estimated $14.2 million over the three days and $16.5 million for the four days. That’ll but the film around $23 million over six days since it debuted on Wednesday.
In fourth place was What Men Want which earned an estimated $10.9 million over the three days and expected to earn about $12.5 million over four. That brings its domestic total shy of $38 million. The film also earned $2.2 million from six overseas markets for an international total of $2.5 million.
Rounding out the top five was Happy Death Day 2U which earned an estimated $9.8 million over three days and $11 million for the four. Since it opened on Wednesday the film should be just above $15 million over the six days. It was expected to earned a little over $20 million. Internationally the film earned $11.8 million in 41 markets. It opens in Ital and Russian on February 28 and Japan on July 12. With just a $9 million budget the film is quite fine.
In comic book films….
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped two spots from the previous weekend to come in at #11. It earned an estimated $2 million to bring its domestic total to $182.7 million after 10 weeks. With foreign earnings of $173.3 million the film has earned $356 million worldwide.
Aquaman has crossed $331 million domestically and is now the second highest grossing domestic release for a DC Extended Universe film only behind Wonder Woman’s $412.6 million. It came in at #12 for the weekend down from last weekend’s #8. The film earned $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $331.4 million. Internationally the film has earned $799.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.131 billion.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s and last year’s comic adaptations.