Weekend Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Barely Beats ‘Guardians 2’ with Sluggish $36M

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Sequel

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant from 20th Century Fox looks to be the winner at the domestic box office with a three-day estimate of $36 million from 3,761 locations, which just barely edged out a major holdover Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that collected $35 million in its third week of release.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bechir and more, Scott‘s divisive sequel to Prometheus cost $97 million to make and opened 29 percent behind the first Alien prequel. Covenant received a mediocre B CinemaScore.

Warner Bros. and MGM’s YA romance drama Everything, Everything, starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, opened in third place with $12 million from 2,801 locations, which was perfectly fine. The modestly sized picture, based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling 2015 novel, snagged an A- CinemaScore.

Amy Schumer’s Snatched, also from Fox, fell 61 percent in its second outing to $7.6 million to take fourth place.

20th Century Fox’s second release for the weekend, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, based on the popular kids’ book series, bombed with $7 million from 3,157 theaters. The fourth entry in the franchise, earned a B CinemaScore.

Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Warner Bros.) continues to flop miserably with a weekend total of less than $7 million.

1. Alien: Covenant — $36 million
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2— $35 million ($301.7)
3. Everything, Everything — $12 million
4. Snatched — $7.6 million ($32.7 mil.)
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul — $7.2 million
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword — $6.8 million ($27.2 mil.)
7. The Fate of the Furious — $3.1 million ($219.8 mil.)
8. The Boss Baby — $2.8 million ($166.1 mil.)
9. Beauty and the Beast — $2.4 million ($497.7 mil.)
10. How to Be a Latin Lover — $2.2 million ($29.4 mil.)

Next week Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and we also have the big screen adaptation of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, to hopefully make up some ground.