Alita: Battle Angel challenge fails to top Captain Marvel

Alita: Battle Angel

Alita fans have been trying to show support for Alita: Battle Angel, especially since the film didn’t become a huge blockbuster despite surpassing box office expectations. The #alitachallenge was created to help boost the film’s box office gross during the opening day for Captain Marvel. Some fans used this opportunity to try to convince Fox that there is demand for a sequel, and other used it to show their opposition of Captain Marvel due to Brie Larson’s controversial comments about there being too many white men at press junkets. It’s estimated that Alita: Battle Angel will be making just $3.2 million during its fourth weekend compared to Captain Marvel’s opening weekend of $145-155-plus million.

Captain Marvel has been a very hot topic, with angry fans dropping negative comments on Rotten Tomatoes because of Brie Larson’s comments. This led to the aggregated movie review site to make changes to its audience page, preventing comments from being posted until after the film’s release. Now that the movie is out, the audience score has been very low. However, with the negative user comments, the critics rating dropping, and the #alitachallenge, it did not stop Captain Marvel from becoming a huge hit. Friday’s estimated $61.3 million make it higher than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s opening day, plus theatre audiences are enjoying it with an “A” Cinemascore.

Alita: Battle Angel has been praised by theater audiences too with a CinemaScore of A-, but word of mouth hasn’t been strong enough, even with Alita supporters trying to rally others into theaters. The Unapologetically Patriotic Show’s Mindy Robinson urged her fans to skip Captain Marvel and watch Alita instead, saying that Brie Larson is a man hater.

Another user praises Alita: Battle Angel for supporting the progression of affordable prosthetics for children and teens.

Alita: Battle Angel is currently at $361 million worldwide at the box office from a budget of $170 million. It’s reported that the film needs $350M-$400M to break even, and the film has the potential to cross the $400 million mark. However, it’s going to be a tough time to convince Fox that a sequel should happen. Perhaps when the Avatar sequels make Fox and Disney a lot of money, James Cameron might be able to convince the studios, and that’s if he wants to go ahead with that.

Director Robert Rodriguez would love to return for a sequel if it does happen.

“Oh yeah! I would love to come back and do that one,” Rodriguez tells Nerd Reactor. “It was so fun. Working with Jim’s great, I thought Rosa was incredible, and the effects were just amazing, To think they would even be better by then for the sequel because they just keep evolving. Those guys at WETA are just at the top of their game. And just as a writing process, even if there isn’t a sequel, I got to see how Jim crafts his movies and stories. He outlines out several pictures just to let you know what to include in the first one and what not to include and what’s not necessary. There are so many mangas and so many places we can go that it would be pretty easy to come up with a second step.”

Rosa Salazar, who plays Alita, would play the character for the rest of her life.

“I can tell you that I will play this character for the rest of my life because I love her,” she tells Nerd Reactor. “And thanks to the performance capture technology, I probably could play this character for the rest of my life.”

As for me, I would love to see a sequel for Alita: Battle Angel and wish that the film makes a lot more money in the future. Check out my Alita: Battle Angel review.

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