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.
It’s a battle of the planets this week, as two interstellar movies vie for the top spot at the box office. Which will deliver the goods? Here’s our prediction:
Alien: Covenant in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, which was a return to the Alien galaxy, but one which didn’t deliver to fans the xenomorph that they’d be hoping for. Scott is aiming to fix that perceived error, and this latest film is reportedly a serious return to the horrors of the original Alien, released back in 1979. Reviews are relatively positive for Alien: Covenant, but it still has to deal with the onslaught of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. On that note, look for Alien: Covenant to burst into the top spot at the box office with $37 million.
This weekend, the Guardians held strong, Schumer and Hawn snatched second place, and King Arthur sunk like a sword in a stone. Here’s what went down:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 once again was the top film at the box office, bringing in an estimated $62 million to raise its two week total to $245 million. The movie is well on its way to crossing the $300 million mark – is $400 million out of the question. We’ll have to see what sort of legs Star-Lord and company have as the summer blockbuster season rolls on.
Debuting in second place with an estimated $16.5 million is Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. It’s not a great number, but it could increase slightly once the Mother’s Day totals are factored in. The film is battling lacklustre reviews and likely won’t be around for too long.
The same can be said for the mega-bomb King Arthur, which severely underperformed, bringing in just $14.3 million. With no box office draws toplining the film, and abysmal reviews accompanying it, the Guy Ritchie film just didn’t stand a chance.
Two new releases are looking to light up the box office this weekend, but can either of them take down last week’s number one? Here are our predictions:
The first notable release this weekend is the big budget Guy Ritchie film, King Arthur, about the Knights of the Round Table. Reviews have been absolutely horrid for the film, which is currently sitting at just 24% fresh at Rotten Tomatos. That’s far from good for what was theoretically supposed to be a new franchise. Neither Charlie Hunnan nor Jude Law can open a film, and those are the biggest stars in King Arthur. Folks looking for a spectacle (or a train wreck) might show up, but there’s just not going to be enough of them. Look for a second place debut with $18 million.
That is, unless Snatched manages to grab that spot.
There was a time when The Ring was the scariest film franchise going.
Based on the Japanese novel Ringu, written by Kôji Suzuki and its own cinematic adaptation by Hideo Nakata, the 2002 film introduced North American audiences to the character of Samara and a director named Gore Verbiniski, who would go on to spearhead the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Disney. The film was a box office success and scared the pants of audiences, so of course there was a sequel. The Ring Two didn’t make as much money as the first, even with Japanese director Najata at the helm, and the franchise was put on ice.
Until this year, and the third entry in the series, Rings. Which didn’t do very well at the box office and which critics hated.
The Guardians of the Galaxy blasted off this weekend with an outstanding debut. Here’s what went down:
Though it didn’t make the lofty heights we predicted, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 still had a fantastic weekend at the box office, debuting in first place with an estimated $146 million. That’s significantly higher than the original’s 2014 opening haul of $94 million, as the film is well on its way to a $300 million plus haul in North American alone. You can check out Glenn Walker’s review of the film here. I saw it yesterday and found it surprisingly poignant and moving, with excellent performances all around, Director James Gunn is in place to help shepherd the next decade of Marvel films, and I think fans are all the better for it.
Let’s not beat around the galaxy this week. We know what movie is going to top the box office. The only question is, how much will it debut with? Here’s our prediction:
The hype machine has been going full throttle for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the sequel to 2014’s massively succesful Marvel Studios film directed by James Gunn and featuring some of the most unlikely heroes to become cultural icons. In the three years since its release, Chris Pratt has become a movie star, Dave Bautista has been a James Bond bad guy, and Guardians has become a franchise movie stars like Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell have wanted to be attached to. All signs are pointing to a massive opening weekend for GOTG: V2, and we’re going to go on the high side of things based on the franchise’s mass appeal. Look for a place debut with $190 million.
It’s May the 4th, which means any self-respecting geek is celebrating Star Wars in some way, shape or form.
This year, as like so many in the past, my Princess and I will be perusing the latest Star Wars hardcover book that our friends from DK sent my way – Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.
This Friday sees the release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the continuing adventures of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Rocket and Baby Groot. Anticipation is high, and all signs point to this being a massive box office success. Before we get there, though, we’ve got some pretty solid fun to whet our appetites. Among the most exciting Guardians tie-ins is the brand new, multi-part game from Telltale Games and WB Interactive Entertainment.
As predicted, this weekend the box office belonged once again to our reigning number one. Here’s what went down:
The Fate of the Furious continued to be a big winner at the box office, remaining in first place for the third weekend in a row with $19.3 million. Next weekend, the film is guaranteed to drop with the return of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.