Big eyes, big bucks.
Some reviewers are calling it the best Hollywood live-action manga adaptation of all time, but there’s certainly no doubt that Alita Battle Angel is doing extremely well in Asia ahead of its US release later this week.
In fact, it’s doing so well that, according to Deadline, Alita Battle Angel has grossed $2.9 million in Malaysia alone, making it 20th Century Fox’s second-biggest opening weekend ever in the country. The biggest opening weekend for a Fox movie in Malaysia remains 2016’s Deadpool, which grossed approximately $3.039 million.
That’s impressive and bodes well for the burgeoning Malaysian movie market in the eyes of the global box office. The movie performed great in other Asian countries as well, including Fox’s fourth biggest opening weekend ever in Taiwan with $4.8 million and a whopping $10.9 million in South Korea. Even in the UK, it garnered a cool $4.2 million.
Alita Battle Angel is currently showing in cinemas nationwide. In the meantime, check out our review of the movie here to find out if it’s worth watching, and check out the video below to learn how the talented folks at WETA Digital managed to bring the world of Yukito Kishiro’s manga to life.