Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Barely Latches onto Top Spot Over ‘Guardians 2’

'Alien: Covenant' (2017) - Weekend Box Office

‘Alien: Covenant’ Drops From Major ‘Prometheus’ Debut

In a photo finish, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant edged out Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The prequel-sequel grossed an estimated $36 million over the weekend.

Alien: Covenant just couldn’t beat Prometheus ($51.1 million) this weekend. It didn’t have to either. Though dropping roughly 30% since the 2012 prequel is a bit too much for comfort. A $40-45 million opening around 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road might have had Covenant flirting with the century mark. A mixed B grade on CinemaScore won’t help the cause. Audiences are still feeling the polarizing reactions to Prometheus. Perhaps that’s why Alien: Covenant slightly underperformed. If Alien: Covenant burns up as fast as Prometheus, we may only see a $76 million finish. Could this be a Power Rangers 2.0 run ahead? We’ll know in the coming weeks.

After two weeks on top, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped one spot, grossing another $35.1 million. That a solid 46.3% drop from last weekend. That’s a serious improvement over the beloved Captain America: Civil War (-54.7%) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (-50%). Alien: Covenant did little damage to the throwback Marvel property. Though, we have to wonder how Pirates will fit into the mix. Another decent hold could push Guardians over $370 million when it’s all said and done. That would result in the MCU’s best sequel legs since Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Romantic drama, Everything, Everything claimed the third place spot over the weekend. The Warner Bros. film debuted with $12 million, falling short of last year’s Me Before You ($18.7 million). Mixed reviews didn’t help matters. Though audiences were more positive towards the film with an A- CinemaScore grade. Studios are still trying to find the next The Fault in Our Stars, which broke out in 2014. The search continues.

Without the Mother’s Day buffer, Fox’s Snatched fell 61.1% in its second weekend. With another $7.6 million in the bank, the Amy Schumer comedy has pulled in $32.8 million after 10 days. The best comparison here is the Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit, which fell 59% post Mother’s Day in 2015. At this point, $50 million seems out of reach. If Baywatch snatches up (no pun intended) the comedy crowd over Memorial Day weekend, the collapse could be worse.

Rounding out the charts this week is Fox’s family comedy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The fourth installment based on the YA series grossed a franchise-low $7.2 million. With the original actors recast and a five-year wait, demand for The Long Haul was incredibly low. Previous installments debuted to a much superior $22.1 million, $23.8 million and $14.6 million. In the long run, The Long Haul won’t even finish above the first two film’s openings.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Alien: Covenant (NR)
$36.0 million / $36.0 million total

#2 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (1)
$35.1 million / $301.8 million total

#3 – Everything, Everything (NR)
$12.0 million / $12.0 million total

#4 – Snatched (2)
$7.6 million / $32.8 million total

#5 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (NR)
$7.2 million / $7.2 million total

Opening Next Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Baywatch

Source: Box Office Mojo

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