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Alien: Covenant lands US top spot in narrow victory over Marvel

Alien Covenant

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott’s Alien: Covenant has landed at the top of the US box office – but failed to catch as big an opening weekend total as anticipated.

The follow-up to Prometheus took $36 million, when somewhere in the $40-$45 million region had been predicted. It meant that the monster movie only narrowly beat Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 to the top spot, as the holdover superhero title earned $35.1 million.

Guardians has now racked up a US total of $301.8 million and a global haul of $732.6 million.

Scott’s second instalment in the Alien prequel franchise cost $97 million to make and opened 29% behind Prometheus, which debuted to $51.5 million in the US in August 2012.

But it is performing well internationally, where it took a further $30.3 million over the weekend. That means that, internationally, the film has now grossed $81.8 million to date for a world-wide tally of $117.8 million.

Alien: Covenant follows an ensemble cast led by Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. It focuses on the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who think they have discovered paradise, only to encounter hostile and dangerous alien forces.

Coming in behind Alien and Guardians were two smaller titles: Everything, Everything, which debuted at No. 3 with $12 million, and family movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which bombed in fifth spot with $7 million – thereby dashing any hope of a franchise revival.

Everything, Everything, on the other hand, is based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling 2015 novel about an 18-year-old girl who can’t leave her home because of a mysterious immune disorder. Costing just $10 million to make, the film (which took $12 million) successfully targeted tween and teen girls, who accounted for 82% of ticket buyers. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson star in the drama.

Rounding out the US top five, in fourth spot, was Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn R-rated comedy Snatched, which fell 61% in its second weekend to $7.6 million – for a 10-day US total of $32.8 million. The film, which marks Hawn’s first big screen outing in 15 years, opened in UK cinemas this weekend.

Still at the US box office, there was more bad news for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which fell 5% in its second weekend to $6.8 million. The film now sits at seventh spot at the US box office.

Overseas, the film also continued to struggle, pulling in only $27.7 million more as it expanded into a total of 64 markets, including a UK debut of $3.3 million. Worldwide, the epic has only reached a tally of $93.4 million despite costing $175 million to make.

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