The most anticipated cyborg movie, Alita: Battle Angel may have received mixed reviews from the public, but its executive producers Cameron, Landau, and Rodriguez say they’re happy and beyond contented about the film’s outcome.
The Action-Packed Film
With an astounding $150-$200 million budget and 15 years put into the making to produce an action-packed film with a great plot, graphics, and animation, there’s no doubt millions of avid moviegoers all over the world anticipate to see Alita: The Battle Angel.
They want to witness an epic movie produced by none other than one of the most prominent filmmakers, James Cameron (responsible for blockbuster films like Titanic and Avatar) and to determine whether Alita lives up to the hype or not. Despite the mixed initial reviews the movie received, the producers reveal they’re contented overall and proud of their work. They even considered it as their masterpiece and a successful film in terms of creativity.
Jon Landau also says while they’re happy the film’s earning well, he emphasizes they didn’t use box-office numbers to judge the movie’s success. Instead, they’ve done everything they could to deliver the film they want to share with the public. They feel like they’ve accomplished their creative goals by producing a movie with astounding CGI effects and they couldn’t be more satisfied with its outcome.
Landau adds how the three of them were the best critics in the film industry. If they are happy and fulfilled in the movie they produced, then they’ve accomplished their job. Most of all, their most prominent film critic, Yukito Kishiro was thrilled when he saw the movie. If he approves of the film, then nothing could stop them from being content with it.
Cameron reveals he first wrote Alita’s script in 2004 before handing the movie to his fellow director Robert Rodriguez due to his hectic schedule. At that time, Cameron wanted to focus on working on Avatar’s three long-delayed sequels first.
According to The Wrap‘s report, Alita: Battle Angel, is projected to earn an astounding $25 million box office earnings for the first five days after it hits the North American theaters. True enough, Alita’s earnings surpassed their estimation as of this writing.
Last weekend, Alita: Battle Angel dominated the box-office industry as it garnered an astounding $37.5 million, summing up its $7.5 million earnings last Friday and another $24.5 million on Saturday and Sunday in over 3,790 theaters in North America. Aside from that, the movie also did well in the overseas box-office, getting earnings up to a staggering $94.3M from over 86 markets around the world.
The analysts also anticipate Alita’s earnings to continue surging, especially since the film hasn’t penetrated the Chinese and Japanese market yet. Cameron is set to attend the premiere night this week. Cameron hopes they can garner more than $60 million during its opening day and emulate Ready Player One’s total earnings of $218.4 million in the Chinese market.
Meanwhile, Alita is also set to release in Japan and the Middle Kingdom this February 22, 2019. In Japan alone, they receive positive feedback as some audiences have already watched the film adaptation preview four times.
The film’s leading director, Robert Rodriguez, revealed the biggest challenge they encountered was finding the right actress who would play Alita. Not only that, but they also needed to alter her appearance using CGI effects. While they can certainly pull up all the spectacles, scales, and graphics required on the screen, it’d be in vain if Alita’s portrayer couldn’t carry the character’s heart and empathy.
Fortunately, Rosa Salazar’s shining light showed them the way, and she took Alita’s style to heart. Meanwhile, Cameron says avid Alita fans can look forward to two more sequels of the film as they plan to produce a trilogy adaptation based on Kishiro’s graphic novels if the first film continues to dominate the box office industry.