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.