So far, it has been a pretty pathetic President’s Day weekend at the box office. The new releases this week, which include “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Happy Death Day 2U,” and “Isn’t it Romantic,” failed to attract moviegoers across the country, and the box office put up it’s worst numbers for the holiday since the beginning of the millennium. There’s more bad news for movie fans, as the release schedule throughout February and the beginning of March will remain pretty slim. There are only a handful of new releases to look forward to before “Captian Marvel” hits theaters nationwide, and we expect digital sales to spike during the sagging box office. The top five isn’t very impressive this week, but all three new releases made the list.
FOX’s “Alita: Battle Angel” topped the box office this weekend with a $27.8M debut across 3,790 locations. “Alita: Battle Angel” was directed by Robert Rodriguez and the film features Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley.
“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” dropped to second-place on the domestic charts this weekend, bringing in another $21.2M across 4,303 locations. Now in its second week in theaters, the big sequel has made over $62.6M domestically. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” was directed by Mike Mitchell; the film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.
“Isn’t It Romantic” opened this weekend in third-place overall, bringing in $14.2M across 3,444 locations. Todd Strauss-Schulson directed the romantic-comedy, which stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra.
Paramount Pictures’ adult-comedy “What Men Want” dropped to fourth-place on the charts with a $10.9M weekend. Now in its second weekend in theaters, the film has made over $36M domestically for the studio. “What Men Want” was directed by Adam Shankman; the film stars Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Max Greenfield.
Universal Pictures’ “Happy Death Day 2U” was this weekend’s other major release, but the film debuted in fifth-place with a $9.8M debut across 3,207 locations. Christopher B. Landon wrote and directed the sequel, which stars Jessica Rothe. The original “Happy Death Day” opened in October back in 2017 and had a $26M debut before going on to make over $125M worldwide.
Next weekend moviegoers can see the animated-comedy “How to Train Your Dragon 3,” which is releasing in over 4,000 locations nationwide. The following weekend is the release of “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, but those are the only big releases left until March 8th, when “Captain Marvel” flies in theaters.