China helps Alita: Battle Angel’s box office with $62 million opening

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When Alita: Battle Angel opened in the States, analysts predicted that the film wouldn’t meet Fox’s box office estimates. However, it surpassed that and grossed $42 million during its 5-day opening. With the film opening in China this past weekend, it was estimated to make $60 to $65 million, and now that the weekend is over, it actually made $62 million. Could China be the country to help save Alita: Battle Angel?

So far the film has earned $264 million worldwide, but it still has a big hurdle up ahead. The film’s production budget is $170 million with a marketing budget of over $100 million. It’s said that the film needs to make $350 to $400 million to break even. The film has been going back and forth from rotten to fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience has been enjoying the film with a CinemaScore of A-. (You can check out our very positive Alita: Battle Angel review.)

If a sequel does happen, Robert Rodriguez said that he would love to return to direct. Rosa Salazar said that she would play Alita for the rest of her life.

When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez from the screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis.

Alita: Battle Angel is currently in theaters.

Source: Deadline

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