Weekend Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Narrowly Tops ‘Guardians’ (Maybe)

Though Ridley Scott has said he plans at least two more prequel films to fill the gap between Prometheus and the original Alien, it seems he is one of the increasingly few who actually wants to see that happen. Over the weekend his latest such film, Alien: Covenant, finally arrived in U.S. theaters, and it wasn’t exactly a smash hit. Playing in over 3,700 locations, Covenant made $36 million—not great for an entry in such a longstanding franchise. By comparison, Prometheus made $51 million over its opening weekend back in 2012. It may have been enough to take the top spot at the box office, but “may” is the key word there. These current numbers are just estimates, and they place Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in second place by less than a million-dollar margin. As Box Office Mojo points out, Guardians‘ actual figures have been underestimated by more than that the last two weekends.

Anyway, after that near tie in the top two spots, we’ve got the girl-in-a-bubble young-adult romance Everything, Everything in third, then Snatched, followed by what it turns out is the fourth Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.