Alien: Covenant Disappoints, But Still Edges Out Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

– by Joseph Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of May 21, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

Coming into this weekend, we here at LRM asked ourselves whether or not Alien: Covenant would help propel the franchise forward, or if it would prove that the momentum had officially drained. While We can’t say that this weekend is a complete bust, It’s fair to call it a bit of a disappointment. Our own Weekend Warrior thought the film would come in at around $55 million, and early Thursday numbers showed the film tracking at $40-$45 million. But when all said and done, it only came out with $36 million — a much lower figure than even conservative estimates. As of right now, there’s no real solid reason as to why this was. Perhaps it was the fact that audiences are facing blockbuster overkill, and perhaps they aren’t as taken by the idea of a sci-fi horror flick.

Taking second for the weekend is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This film slightly exceeded expectations of our Weekend Warrior, taking in $35 million in its third weekend, less than $1 million from the number one slot. This shows a relatively minor drop of 46.3 percent from its second weekend. Considering we thought Alien: Covenant would be a bigger draw, this makes sense.

Coming in third is Everything, Everything, I film I hadn’t even heard of until this weekend hit, taking in $12 million in its opening weekend. Most projections completely underestimated it, expecting less than $10 million. Guess this proves that the business is full of plenty of surprises.

Also of note is the fact that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword dropped down to sixth place this weekend from its third place opening. It only took in $6.8 million in its second weekend, addig to its domestic total of $27.2 million, proving that there really aren’t many folks hungry for another King Arthur story.

Click here to see how the actual numbers compare to our Weekend Warrior's predictions!

Now let’s take a look at the numbers from a worldwide perspective.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Fox’s Alien: Covenant enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally. Landing in second place is a very different kind of outer space film with Disney/Marvel’s lighthearted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 crossing the $700 million mark at the worldwide box office.”

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, May 21, are below.

  1. Alien: Covenant - 20th Century Fox - $36.0M
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Disney - $35.1M
  3. Everything, Everything - Warner Bros. - $12.0M
  4. Snatched - 20th Century Fox - $7.6M
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - 20th Century Fox - $7.2M
  6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Warner Bros. - $6.9M
  7. Fate of the Furious, The - Universal - $3.2M
  8. Boss Baby, The - 20th Century Fox - $2.4M
  9. How to be a Latin Lover - Lionsgate - $2.2M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, May 21, are below.

  1. Alien: Covenant - 20th Century Fox - $66.3M
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - Disney - $63.1M
  3. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword - Warner Bros. - $34.5M
  4. Dangal - UTV Comm - $32.7M
  5. Get Out - Universal - $13.8M
  6. Life - Sony - $13.2M
  7. Everything, Everything - Warner Bros. - $12.0M
  8. Snatched - 20th Century Fox - $10.9M
  9. Fate of the Furious, The - Universal - $10.4M
  10. Boss Baby, The - 20th Century Fox - $7.9M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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