‘Alien: Covenant’ Lands at #1 at the Box Office

The Xenomorph returned to theaters this weekend, and audiences were waiting for it. Here’s what went down:

Amidst strong social buzz and decent (but not spectacular reviews) Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, landed in first place at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $36 million, the third largest in the franchise following Prometheus ($51 million) and Alien vs Predator ($38.3 million). While not a bad number, its clear that there was some significant audience drop off following the mixed reaction to Prometheus some five years ago. The film will be lucky to cross the $100 million mark in North America, and it must set its sights on strong box office overseas to guarantee the third film in the story Scott has promised to tell.

As for the rest of the top five, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 fell to second place with $35.1 million, but when the final numbers come out on Monday, we may see the film hold to the top spot.

New release Everything, Everything debut in third place with $12 million. Snatched was in fourth with $7.6 million, while Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul debut in fifth place with $7.2 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Alien: Covenant – $36 million
2) Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 – $35.1 million
3) Everything, Everything – $12 million
4) Snatched – $7.6 million
5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – $7.2 million

Next weekend sees the release of Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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