The Chinese New Year is making for a big ticket sales weekend in the Asian region. Its own “The Wandering Earth”, a sci-fi epic, raked in a whopign $96.6 million – bringing the national total up to $606.8 million. Another local feature, “Crazy Alien”, reached a total of $318 million over the weekend. Rounding out the top 3 is also-Chinese “Pegasus”, which reached a tally of $238 million.
“Alita: Battle Angel” was this weekend’s Hollywood’s top performer, raking in $56 milion over 86 overseas markets. The James Cameron-produced film has now reached $94 million in gross sales internationally. Its biggest territory was Russia, where it earned $6.5 million.
As far as the domestic box office goes, “Alita: Battle Angel” beat all comers with a $33 million bounty in its President’s Day weekend debut. However, sporting a $170 million budget, it’s a somewhat underwhelming starting point. Fox, the studio that produced the film, expects the manga-based title to perform very well in the major Asian markets of China and Japan – where it will debut next weekend.
Unversal’s “How To Train Your Dragon 3” tallied $21 million in 49 foreign markets over the weekend. The number brings its international total to $172 million. The film will be released in North America next weekend, where its expected it will post its biggest numbers.