The cyborgs of ‘Alita’ vanquish rivals in N.American box office

Fox’s new sci-fi spectacle “Alita: Battle Angel” is dominating North American box offices with an estimated $33 million take this four-day holiday weekend, industry trackers said Sunday.

The film, with Rosa Salazar voicing “Alita,” a cyborg almost more human than machine, was set to make $27.8 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period and an additional $5.2 million for Monday’s President’s Day holiday, Exhibitor Relations reported.

The computer-animated adaptation of a Japanese cyberpunk manga story has big names behind it, directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. The project, 20 years in the making, also has a sizable budget: $170 million.

The Fox film beat out last weekend’s leader, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which earned Warner Bros an estimated $21.2 million in ticket sales for the first three days of the weekend and $27.3 million when Monday is included.

This fourth “Lego” movie again features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett — joined this time by Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph — in a story of love and chaos in a post-apocalyptic toyland.

In third was another Warner Bros. film, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, at $14.2 million for three days and $16.5 million for four. Rebel Wilson stars as a rom-com hating New Yorker who, after a blow to the head, finds herself in her own romantic comedy. Liam Hemsworth also stars.

Fourth place went to Paramount’s “What Men Want.” The gender-switching remake of 2000’s “What Women Want” stars Taraji P. Henson. It had three-day ticket sales of $10.9 million and a four-day total of $12.6 million.

And in fifth was “Happy Death Day 2U” from Universal, at $9.8 million for three days and $11.5 million for four — already recouping the mere $9 million it cost to make. Jessica Rothe again plays the role of a young woman living and reliving the day of her murder.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Cold Pursuit” ($6 million for three days; $7.1 million for four)

“The Upside” ($5.6 million; $6.7 million)

“Glass” ($3.9 million; $4.8 million)

“The Prodigy” ($3.2 million; $3.8 million)

“Green Book” ($2.8 million; $3.5 million)

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  1. Avatar Mkindi Noel August 16th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    cheap propaganda. why cant politicians mind their biz and leave UHURUTO alone!

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  2. Avatar Faceless August 19th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This is another of the many kicks of a dying horse just like the calls for a referendum. They have failed to influence the ICC judges as they had with Bensouda and Ocampo. They are panicking at the backlash that the all but failed ICC cases will have on ODM/CORD. Let’s see who will have the last laugh!!!

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