Alien: Covenant Barely Beat Guardians Of The Galaxy At The Box Office This Weekend


Following a late rally by three-week-old Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that saw the film earn an estimated $35.1 million dollars, Alien: Covenant barely came out on top after a late slump of its own that dragged its estimated weekend total down to just $36 million.

Alien: Covenant's opening is the third best in franchise history, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's domestic total has now passed the $300 million mark. Young Adult novel adaptation Everything, Everything came in third with for the weekend with $12 million, followed by Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's Snatched at $7.6 million in its second weekend and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul's  $7.1 million opening. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword earned $6.8 million in its second weekend, with older films Fate of the Furious ($3.2 million), The Boss Baby ($2.8 million), and Beauty and the Beast ($2.4 million) made up the rest of the box office rankings this weekend.

The performance of Alien: Covenant has to be viewed as somewhat disappointing, as the movie was projected for $40 million to $50 million before the weekend started. General confusion  and apathy about the franchise from a general audience is being kicked around as one of the reasons for the failure. Next week sees both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and presidential hopeful Dwayne Johnson's Baywatch going head to head, so it should be both a better weekend for the film industry and a more interesting matchup, though Johnson finds himself in the rare position of underdog, with Pirates expected to double Baywatch's take and possibly exceed $100 million.

And, of course, the week after that, we get Wonder Woman.

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Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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