'Alita: Battle Angel' Wins Dismal Presidents Day Weekend

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Cast member Rosa Salazar poses at the premiere for the movie "Alita: Battle Angel" in Los Angeles, California. — Reuters

Los Angeles — Fox's sci-fi adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" dominated in North America, but its opening weekend win isn't leaving the box office with much to celebrate.

Tracking services estimate that this will be one of the lowest grossing Presidents Day weekends in years.

"Alita," the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame.

Since opening on Thursday, the movie has generated $41 million at the domestic market. It came in slightly ahead of expectations heading into the weekend, but "Alita: Battle Angel" still has a lengthy uphill battle to become profitable.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost over $170 million to produce -- and that's not including the tens of millions spent in marketing. — Reuters


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