Magazine article Screen International

International Box Office Preview: 'Alita: Battle Angel' Takes on 'Happy Death Day 2U'

Magazine article Screen International

International Box Office Preview: 'Alita: Battle Angel' Takes on 'Happy Death Day 2U'

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Fox’s manga sci-fi and Universal’s slasher sequel go wide around the globe

James Cameron-produced sci-fi action outing Alita: Battle Angel will be trying to defeat the Hollywood opposition at the international box office this weekend as it expands into 74 new markets. It will face competition from horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U, making its international debut in 44 markets.

Fox International’s Alita, which also opens this weekend in North America, had taken $35.6m internationally as of Tuesday (February 12) after its launch last weekend in 11 markets. This week, the big budget manga-based tale directed by Robert Rodriguez opened in France on Wednesday (February 13), landed in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Russia on Thursday (February 14) and hits Spain on Friday (February 15). Openings in China and Japan are set for next weekend.

Happy Death Day 2U, from Universal Pictures International, makes its international start – also simultaneous with its North American launch - in several of the same territories, having opened in France on Wednesday, Australia, Germany, Korea and the UK on Thursday and with Spain to come on Friday.

The Blumhouse-produced comic slasher sequel hits the marketplace 18 months after the original Happy Death Day, which grossed an impressive $69. …

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