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‘ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL’ TOPS BOX OFFICE WITH $27M

Robert Rodriguez’ and James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel topped the B.O. on Presidents Day weekend with a $27.8 million take. It seems the word on the street is positive, because it pulled only $8.7 million Thursday and then jumped 55% Saturday for a $11.6 million take. (Since opening Thursday, it has pulled in a total of $41 million domestically).

The sci-fi action film was budgeted at about $170 million and follows the story of a cyborg girl who takes control of her destiny. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (the voice cast is led by Chris Pratt and Jason Momoa) dropped 38% with an estimated $21.2 million take, and Warner Bros.’ Isn’t It Romantic came in at No. 3 with a $14.2 million debut.

What Men Want came in fourth with $10.9 million, while Happy Death Day opened at No. 5 with $9.8 million.