'Alien: Covenant' Takes a Sharp 70 Percent Drop at the Box Office

Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 6:07PM
Alien: Covenant
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 6:07PM
'Alien: Covenant' Takes a Sharp 70 Percent Drop at the Box Office
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Like the crew of the movie's eponymous Covenant ship, Alien: Covenant has faced a rough journey since its opening last week. It came out to divisive reviews, with some enjoying the film's combination of Prometheus and classic Alien elements, while others thought it didn't live up to either Prometheus or Alien (like our review). 

Either way, people are much less excited about the movie in its second week, as it took an impressively steep 70.9 percent drop at the box office. Making just $10.5 million this weekend after its $36 million opening weekend, it came in fourth place, falling behind the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie (which predictably lots of money despite bad reviews), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Baywatch

According to Box Office Mojo, that makes Covenant's weekend the second biggest drop-off for any film with a wide theater release (their cutoff was 3700 theaters). The biggest goes to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Part 2, which had a much larger opening anyway and still made a healthy amount of money, because it was Harry Potter

While Pirates and Baywatch were at least opening this weekend, its drop behind GotG Vol. 2 is a harsh one - despite being in theaters for half the time, Covenant made half as much money at Vol. 2 (which made $19.8 million this weekend alone). Considering Vol. 2 dominated the box office for over two weeks, and has just surpassed the original Guardians of the Galaxy, people were more excited about Marvel's ELO and Fleetwood Mac-filled sci-fi movie than Ridley Scott's new Alien movie.

But despite all that, there's probably not much to worry about if you're a big Alien: Covenant fan. While it had a rough weekend, its international profits are still more than enough to surpass its $97 million budget, so this movie absolutely did not bomb. And Ridley Scott is already working on more sequels, the next of which may be called Alien: Awakening, so the Alien franchise still has plenty of astronauts and Weyland-Yutani employees who will be killed by xenomorphs. And that's always good news. 

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Via: Forbes
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