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Live-action anime "Alita: Battle Angel" won the box office over one of the lowest grossing President’s Day weekends in years. It certainly can't compare to last year at the same time, when "Black Panther" debuted with a a record-breaking $202 million.

"Alita," which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, cost more than $170 million (not including the millions spent on marketing). While it’s earned slightly more than expected — $41 million since opening on Thursday — it’s been projected to lose as much as $200 million.

At least it did better than recent CGI-heavy sci-fi epic, "Mortal Engines," a $100 million film which sputtered out with only a $15 million domestic box-office take. And it has an "A-" CinemaScore, compared to a "B-" for "Mortal Engines."

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The romcom satire "Isn’t It Romantic," starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth, opened in third place with $14.2 million in its first four days of release. That’s comparable to Wilson’s last comedy "How To Be Single," which debuted with $17.8 million in 2016.


Debuting in fifth place is comedy-horror sequel "Happy Death Day 2U." The first film, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe) relives being killed over and over until she finds and stops the culprit, was a surprise hit with a $26 million opening. The second film earned a disappointing $9.8 million over the weekend and $11.4 million since on opening on Wednesday. Fortunately, the Blumhouse production only cost $9 million.


The Dwayne Johnson-produced wrestling drama "Fighting With My Family" had the best screen average of the weekend with $40,896 per location. It brought in $131,625 over the three-day frame and is expected to make $163,584 through Monday. The film, which costars Vince Vaughn and Lena Headey, expands nationwide next weekend.

Here are the top 10 estimates for February 15-17, 2019
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

[Via Variety]