Exactly two weeks ahead of its wide release in theaters everywhere and early box office estimates for Alita: Battle Angel are looking like the big-budget blockbuster is headed for a severe disappointment.
Industry analysts have forecasted that the upcoming manga adaptation will earn no more than $25 million domestically during its opening weekend and end its lifetime domestic box office total between $45-50 million.
With a production budget reported between $150-200 million, the film will have to a considerable amount of business overseas to even break even though, after being pushed to its February release date instead of a holiday opening, it will not have Aquaman as direct competition.
Additionally, the film has not been a critical success based on early reviews with review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes currently listing Alita with a critics score of 44 percent.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel adapts Yukito Kishiro's popular manga Battle Angel Alita. It will arrive in theaters on February 14. The film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor and Eiza González.