Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film Tracks to Earn US$50 Million at U.S. Box Office

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Media news website The Wrap reported on January 31 that Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, is tracking to be a major box office loss for 20th Century Fox in the United States. Independent trackers reportedly estimated that the film will earn no more than US$25 million in its first five days after opening in the United States on February 14. With a reported production budget between US$150 million and US$200 million, analysts told The Wrap that the film is expected to reach a domestic total of US$45 million to US$50 million.

The website noted that the film may have the potential to earn more in China, where the original manga is more well-known. The film will open in China and Japan on February 22. analyst Daniel Loria said, “The last weekend of February will give us the full picture of how ‘Alita’ is going to do internationally."

The film's U.S. release was delayed twice previously from July 20, 2018 and December 21, 2018. The film will star Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Woman) in motion capture as Alita.

Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is directing the film. James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau are producing the project, and Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis penned a script. Singer-songwriter Dua Lipa is performing a new song titled "Swan Song" for the film.

Sources: The Wrap (Jeremy Fuster), IndiWire (Zack Sharf)

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