‘Alien: Covenant’ edges ‘Guardians’ at weekend box office

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Alien: Covenant” edged out “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2″ in a weekend space battle at the box office.

Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Guardians” was close behind with just over $35 million in its third week of release.

“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.

Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” is a dark, R-rated scare-fest about slimy, parasitic space monsters; Disney’s “Guardians” is a sweet, family-centered romp across the cosmos.

“‘Alien’ is sort of the dark side,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s the R-rated yin to ‘Guardians’ PG-13-rated, fun yang.”

Two other new releases landed in the top five. Warner Bros.′ teen romance “Everything, Everything” debuted in third place with $12 million, and Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” opened in fifth with $7.2 million.

“Snatched,” Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s R-rated comedy from Fox, fell to fourth place in its second week of release with $7.6 million.

“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” provided a solid launch to the summer movie season with more than $300 million in domestic ticket sales so far, Dergarabedian said, though overall grosses are running about 10 percent behind last summer’s totals.

Still, May is following a typical pattern, he said. Marvel movies kick off the month, which ends with Memorial Day tent poles like next weekend’s “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. “Alien: Covenant,” $36 million
  2. “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” $35.1 million
  3. “Everything, Everything,” $12 million
  4. “Snatched,” $7.6 million
  5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” $7.2 million
  6. “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” $6.8 million
  7. “The Fate of the Furious,” $3.2 million
  8. “The Boss Baby,” $2.8 million
  9. “Beauty and the Beast,” $2.4 million
  10. “How to Be a Latin Lover,” $2.2 million

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