'Alien: Covenant' narrowly beats 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
After two weeks at the top of the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 found itself shuffled down to spot numero dos courtesy of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. All in all, the weekend is a mixed bag for the Alien franchise. Covenant’s $36 million debut represents a marked decline from that of its immediate predecessor, Prometheus, which opened to $51 million five years ago. That said, Prometheus cost $130 million to make, compared to Covenant’s $97 million.
Guardians clocked in just a smidgen behind Alien: Covenant with $35 million, bringing its total domestic gross past the $300 million mark. In spot number three was new release Everything, Everything, which met more optimistic industry expectations with a $12 million bow. Snatched dipped 61% since its Mothers Day debut last weekend, bringing its weekend gross to $7.6 million (total gross $32.7 million). Rounding out the top five we have new release Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul with a lackluster $7.2 million, by far the weakest debut of the Wimpy Kid series.
Further down the line, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast earned $2.4 million in its tenth week, bringing its domestic cume to within a stones throw of $500 million and—here’s the big deal—pushing past Iron Man 3 to become the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. So far, Beauty and the Beast has earned $1.22 billion worldwide.
The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to IFC Films’ Wakefield, which opened to $14,120 on a single screen. Just behind it was another single-screen debut, the documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, with $13,626. Also new to theatres in limited release were Champion ($87,100) and Cohen Media Group's re-release of the 1987 Merchant Ivory period drama Maurice ($6,013).