‘Alien’ Topples ‘Guardians’ From No. 1 Spot in Weekend DebutBy
“Alien: Covenant,” a new installment in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi series, opened as the top film in North American theaters, unseating “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” after a two-week run as No. 1.
The 20th Century Fox feature made its debut with so-so sales of $36.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Monday in an email. “Guardians,” from Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel, returned with $34.7 million to place a close second. Two other new movies, “Everything, Everything” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” placed third and sixth respectively.
With “Covenant,” Fox has seen mixed results from seven follow-on pictures released after the acclaimed 1979 original film. In the latest film, director Scott delivers an epic fight for survival between human colonists on a distant planet and the unstoppable alien creature.
“Alien: Covenant” rated well with critics, getting 73 percent positive reviews at RottenTomatoes.com. It cost $97 million to make, not including marketing costs, and was forecast to generate $41.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
The movie is a second prequel to the original “Alien” and picks up at the end of the 2012 release “Prometheus,” following a group of explorers aboard the spaceship Covenant who are looking to colonize a new planet. Michael Fassbender reprises his role as the android David.
The Warner Bros. teen drama “Everything, Everything” opened with weekend sales of $11.7 million, beating the $8 million forecast at Hollywood Stock Exchange. Amandla Stenberg stars as a 17-year-old shut-in with a rare disease who falls in love with her neighbor, corresponding by email.
The movie from Time Warner Inc.’s film division cost $10 million to produce, according to Box Office Mojo, and split critics, with 43 percent giving positive reviews.
Also from Fox, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth film in a series. In the latest picture, a Heffley family road trip derails when the lead character Greg, played by Jason Drucker, hatches a scheme to get to a video-game convention. The movie generated $7.1 million in sales.
For critics, the film was the worst of the weekend’s new crop, with only 19 percent positive notices, according to RottenTomatoes. The movie was expected to generate $9 million in its debut, according to BoxOfficePro.com. It cost $22 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo.
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