Originally dubbed as a flop by movie insiders before it even hit theaters, Alita: Battle Angel is proving itself to be a huge box office success. This weekend’s numbers revealed that the live action anime is still holding strong, ranking in third behind How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and A Madea Family Funeral. Alita now stands at an impressive total domestic gross of $72 million, and over $278 million in foreign box office earnings.
It is also important to keep in mind that we are only 18 days into the movie’s release, making Alita the 5th highest-grossing movie of 2019 so far. With plenty of time for growth through the rest of the month, Alita has silenced the critics quote of $170 million. Now fans are crying out for a sequel as 20th Century Fox undergoes its buyout from the Walt Disney Company.
We can see why Alita has been so successful. Based on the on the story Battle Angel Alita originally created by Yukito Kishiro for Shueisha’s Weekly Business Jump in 1990, this theatrical rendition is full of kick ass girl power and stunning digital creations. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Alita’s incomplete body is discovered in the Iron City’s garbage dump below the aerial city of Zolem. She is rebuilt by her friend and mentor, Dr. Dyson Ido, completely devoid of memory but with the inkling her purpose is something greater. Using her innate knowledge of the legendary cyborg martial art known as Panzer Kunst, she becomes a bounty hunter. From here her story and enthralling action that you will have to see in theaters transforms Alita. By the end of the experience it is apparent that there needs to be a sequel.
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