‘Alien: Covenant’ beats ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at the weekend box office

It was a very close race at the weekend box office but we have a new champion as Alien: Covenant narrowly beat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The eighth film in the Alien franchise brought in $36 million which is a decent opening but a bit disappointing considering the last film Prometheus brought in $51 million during its opening weekend back in 2012. It will also have a tough time beating the $126 million domestic gross of Prometheus reports Box Office Mojo.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 falls to second place with another impressive weekend, bringing in $35.1 million and has now crossed $300 million domestically. It is now only $32 million behind its predecessor.

Third place was a bit of a surprise as the drama Everything, Everything brought in $12 million, which was much more than expected. Snatched dropped two spots to fourth place with $7.6 million. This will be the last week Snatched is in the top five.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounds out the top five with $7.2 million. The fourth film in the franchise produced the lowest opening weekend as the other three films managed to recored double digit opening weekends.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continues to drop as it came in sixth place this weekend with $6.9 million and has yet to cross $30 million domestically. I’m very surprised this film has flopped so badly.

The Fate of the Furious brought in $3.2 million and is approaching $220 million domestically. Beauty and the Beast brought in $2.4 million and is close to crossing $500 million domestically after 66 days.

I doubt that Alien: Covenant will repeat as box office champion as the summer blockbusters really start coming with the openings of Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I predict that Baywatch will edge Pirates for the top spot.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

20th Century Fox: $53.8 million (+31.4 percent)

Disney: $37.9 million (-29.8 percent)

Warner Bros.: $18.9 million (+3.2 percent)

Universal: $3.4 million (-2.3 percent)

Lionsgate: $1.3 million (-2.5 percent)

BH Tilt: $1.2 million (-1.4 percent)

Next week’s openings: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


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