"Alien: Covenant" edges "Guardians" out of top box office slot

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise.

Alien: Covenant, the science fiction horror thriller from director Ridley Scott, debuted in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated $36 million.

The juggernaut The Fate of the Furious took in an additional $3.2 million, bringing its total to just under $220 million.

"You couldn't get two outer-space operas that are more different in terms of point-of-view and execution", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for ComScore. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, unsafe world - whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel topped $700 million worldwide over the weekend. "It's the R-rated yin to "Guardians' PG-13-rated, fun yang". In spot number three was new release Everything, Everything, which met more optimistic industry expectations with a $12 million bow.

Crashing back down to earth, the third biggest success of this weekend's box office is teen romance Everything Everything, which is based on the novel by Nicola Yoon. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul made just $7.2 million - the lowest of the franchise. The Alien movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, with a 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. But many of his lines were cut before the movie hit theaters (Although 20th Century Fox released a online prologue to the movie that featured Franco and wasn't included in the final film). What do you want to see next from the Alien franchise?

  • Salvatore Jensen