Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Beats ‘Guardians 2’, Takes $36-M
$DIS, $FOX, $TWX
‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ DOA, YA film adaptation ‘Everything, Everything’ lures young girls.
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant came in behind expectations at the domestic box office at the weekend with a $36-M take from 3,760 theaters for 1st place.
It beat Disney/Marvel (NYSE:DIS) holdover Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the race was very close. Guardians Vol. 2 earned $35.1-M from 4,347 cinemas in its 3rd frame, putting the Superhero sequel’s domestic total at $301.8-M and global box office take of $732.6-M.
Director Scott’s 2nd installment in the Alien prequel franchise cost $97% to make and opened 29% behind the 1st prequel, Prometheus, which debuted to $51.5-M domestically in August 2012.
Alien: Covenant, overseas it grossed $81.8-M to date for a worldwide take of $117.8-M.
The Scott film skewed male (62%), while 60% of ticket buyers were between the ages of 18 and 34.
Everything, Everything from Warner Bros debuted at #3 with $12-M from 2,801 locations. Based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling Y 2015 novel about an 18-year-old girl who cannot leave her home because of a mysterious immune disorder, the film targeted tween and teen girls (82% of ticket buyers were female). It garnered an A- CinemaScore.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, based on the popular kids’ book series, bombed with $7-M from 3,157 theaters, dashing any hope of reviving the film franchise. The pic earned a B CinemaScore.
The Long Haul placed #5 behind fellow Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) film Snatched. The R-rated comedy fell 61% in its 2nd frame to $7.6-M from 3,511 theaters for a 10-day domestic box office of $32.8-M.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword is the 1st major bomb of Summer 2017. The $175-M film fell 55% in its 2nd frame to $6.8-M from 3,702 theaters for a 10-day domestic take of $27.2-M and placed #7. Overseas, the film earned $27.7-M as it expanded into a total of 64 markets, including a UK debut of $3.3-M, for a foreign take of $66.2-M and a worldwide box office of $93.4-M.
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