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Box office: ‘Miss Bala’ opens at No. 3 on a slow Super Bowl weekend

Gina Rodríguez, Ismael Cruz
Ismael Cruz, left, and Gina Rodríguez in the movie “Miss Bala.”
(Gregory Smith/Sony Pictures via AP)

Compounded by the historically slow Super Bowl weekend, the box office continued its sluggish start on the year and now trails 2018 by 15.4%, according to figures from measurement firm Comscore. The sole newcomer, Sony’s “Miss Bala,” premiered at No. 3 with $6.7 million, within range of modest analyst predictions of $6 million to $9 million.

The $15-million action thriller stars “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez as an unwitting participant in a cross-border drug conflict who is used as a pawn by both the Drug Enforcement Administration and a Mexican drug cartel. Based on the 2011 Mexican crime drama of the same name, the film earned a 27% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s “Glass” maintained its hold at the top of the chart for the third consecutive weekend, adding $9.5 million for a cumulative $88.6 million.

Combined, the top 12 films grossed just $55.4 million, the worst result since the first weekend of September 2017 and the worst Super Bowl box office since 2000 when “Eye of the Beholder” topped the charts.

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STX Entertainment’s “The Upside” held on to second place, adding $8.8 million in its fourth weekend. One of the few bright spots in 2019, it’s grossed $75.6 million in North America.

At No. 4, Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” added $4.8 million in its seventh weekend in theaters for a cumulative $323.5 million.

Rounding out the top five, Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” added $4.4 million in its eighth weekend for a cumulative $175.3 million.

Universal’s “Green Book,” now in its 12th weekend of release, landed at No. 6, the sole Oscar contender to remain among the top 10. The film brought in an additional $4.3 million this weekend for a cumulative $55.8 million.

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Among the other best picture contenders, Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” earned an additional $1.8 million for a cumulative $208.5 million, Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite” added $1.5 million for a domestic total of $28.6 million, Annapurna’s “Vice” added $1.2 million for a cumulative $44 million and Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” added $922,000 for a cumulative $207.8 million.

After two nights of Fathom Events screenings in December and one in January, Warner Bros.’ “They Shall Not Grow Old” landed at No. 10 and earned $2.4 million for a cumulative $10.7 million. The World War I documentary was directed by Peter Jackson and earned a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This week, Paramount premieres the Taraji P. Henson comedy “What Men Want,” Orion Pictures reveals the horror “The Prodigy,” Warner Bros. opens “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and Lionsgate drops the action drama “Cold Pursuit.”

sonaiya.kelley@latimes.com

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