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Weekend Box Office Report: May 19-21, 2017

05.21.2017

Alien: Covenant bites into first place!

The terrifying titular extraterrestrial returned to theaters this weekend and launched ALIEN: COVENANT into the top spot with an estimated opening of $36 million!

Director Ridley Scott's prequel to his ALIEN and sequel to PROMETHEUS came up short of the latter 2012 release -- PROMETHEUS opened with $51 million before continuing to a $126.4 million domestic total and $403 million worldwide.

Originally slated for an August release before getting shuttled to May, the R-rated ALIEN: COVENANT (the eighth movie in the franchise) also had a weaker start than the $38.2 million opening of monster mash ALIEN VS. PREDATOR back in 2004.

The sci-fi/horror release pitting plantary colonists against the early xenomorphs cost a reported $97 million (lower than the $130 million price tag of PROMETHEUS), and has snatched up an additional $81.8 million from international audiences for a worldwide total of $117.8 million.

Critics were generally accepting of the deep-space perils, giving ALIEN: COVENANT an average of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can check out the JoBlo reviews HERE and HERE.

Another group of diverse galactic adventurers was close behind in second as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 earned $35 million for the weekend.

The Marvel sequel rocketed past $300 million domestic on its third weekend in theaters, drawing closer to the $333 million domestic finish of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in 2014.

With a worldwide total of $732.5 million so far, James Gunn's vibrant cosmic family has traveled beyond the global totals of fellow MCU releases THOR: THE DARK WORLD ($644 million), DOCTOR STRANGE ($677 million) and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER ($714 million).

Opening in third place was the new teen melodrama EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING with $12 million.

The PG-13 adaptation of Nicola Yoon's young-adult novel had a reported production cost of $10 million. Critics weren't enamored with the romance, handing it a 43% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

The R-rated kidnapping comedy SNATCHED came in fourth with $7.6 million, with 61% of its business snatched away from last week's opening. The Goldie Hawn/Amy Schumer mother-daughter pairing has a ten-day total of $32.7 million (on a $42 million reported cost).

In fifth place was the new comedy DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL with an opening of $7.2 million.

The fourth live-action movie based on the popular Jeff Kinney books swapped in a new cast (including Tom Everett Scott stepping in for his THAT THING YOU DO! bandmate Steve Zahn), and started with the lowest debut in the series -- not even half the $14.6 million opening of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS in 2012. Critics bullied the actor-rebooted sequel with 19% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The action-fantasy KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD was in sixth place with $6.8 million, losing 55% from its opening last weekend. With a ten-day domestic total of $27.2 million and $93 million worldwide on a cost of $175 million, director Guy Ritchie's medieval epic seems unlikely to begin an intended franchise that was planned for six movies.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS was still sputtering along in seventh with $3.1 million after a month-and-a-half in theaters, and the animated THE BOSS BABY was behind in eighth place with $2.8 million.

Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was in ninth with $2.4 million as the fairy tale waltzed into the Top 10 highest-grossing worldwide totals with $1.22 billion, shoving aside IRON MAN 3. The romantic comedy HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER closed out the list with $2.2 million.

Outside the chart, the Los Angeles drama LOWRIDERS drove away with THE CIRCLE and BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION.

For Memorial Day weekend, next week has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson leading a slow-motion beach crew in the big-screen BAYWATCH (starting on Thursday), and Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the marquee-stretching sequel PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Alien: Covenant $36 M
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2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $35 M $301.7 M
3. Everything, Everything $12 M
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4. Snatched $7.6 M $32.7 M
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $7.2 M
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6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $6.8 M $27.2 M
7. The Fate of the Furious $3.1 M $219.8 M
8. The Boss Baby $2.8 M $166.1 M
9. Beauty and the Beast $2.4 M $497.7 M
10. How to Be a Latin Lover $2.2 M $29.4 M

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11:59PM on 05/21/2017
I knew this movie would barely hit mid 30's...which is HORRIBLE by the way. No way this gets a sequel, this movie is gonna disappear within 2 weeks with barely 80 mill domestic, and itll finish with over/under 230 million worldwide...on a 100 million dollar budget not including marketing that's horrible.
I knew this movie would barely hit mid 30's...which is HORRIBLE by the way. No way this gets a sequel, this movie is gonna disappear within 2 weeks with barely 80 mill domestic, and itll finish with over/under 230 million worldwide...on a 100 million dollar budget not including marketing that's horrible.
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7:47PM on 05/22/2017
"Hellboy" had under $100 million worldwide box office. It got a sequel.
"Resident Evil" had it's first 3 movies make no more than $150 million worldwide. It's had 5 sequels.
"Escape Plan" had a $25 million domestic run. It's got a sequel.
"The Equalizer" made under $200 million worldwide. It's getting a sequel.
"Now You See Me 2" made $65 million domestic. It's got a sequel coming.
"Pink Panther" made $157 million worldwide. Somehow it had an $80 million budget 11 years ago. It got a
"Hellboy" had under $100 million worldwide box office. It got a sequel.
"Resident Evil" had it's first 3 movies make no more than $150 million worldwide. It's had 5 sequels.
"Escape Plan" had a $25 million domestic run. It's got a sequel.
"The Equalizer" made under $200 million worldwide. It's getting a sequel.
"Now You See Me 2" made $65 million domestic. It's got a sequel coming.
"Pink Panther" made $157 million worldwide. Somehow it had an $80 million budget 11 years ago. It got a sequel
I could go on and on, of movies that got sequels, that did not have someone with the clout of Ridley Scott attached. He claims it's already written, and production will begin next year. Obviously that can change. Regardless, "Covenant" will make money. Not as much as they probably hoped for, but I think Ridley has earned enough credit with studios to make a film that he wants to make.
9:29PM on 05/21/2017

REALLY curious about next week

Two well known but aging franchises driven by a single actor who's a known box office draw in films that have so far failed to communicate their high concept. And with diametrically opposed marketing: bay watch is bright and sunny with big emphasis on Dwayne, Pirates is dark and dreary with big emphasis on supporting characters.
Two well known but aging franchises driven by a single actor who's a known box office draw in films that have so far failed to communicate their high concept. And with diametrically opposed marketing: bay watch is bright and sunny with big emphasis on Dwayne, Pirates is dark and dreary with big emphasis on supporting characters.
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12:02AM on 05/22/2017
I think Pirates is gonna play like Transformers extinction, itll hit that 100 mill weekend mark but fizzle to a 230ish domestic take. Overseas is where the real money is for this movie, the pirates franchise in Japan and China has been on the rise with each movie, and with the amount of venues they have now this movie will do 500 mill in china and japan alone, so no worries on the global front. Baywatch looks like itll hit 40ish million for the long weekend, end up with about 110 millionish,
I think Pirates is gonna play like Transformers extinction, itll hit that 100 mill weekend mark but fizzle to a 230ish domestic take. Overseas is where the real money is for this movie, the pirates franchise in Japan and China has been on the rise with each movie, and with the amount of venues they have now this movie will do 500 mill in china and japan alone, so no worries on the global front. Baywatch looks like itll hit 40ish million for the long weekend, end up with about 110 millionish, no clue how it will do worldwide, I see it being swallowed by pirates.
12:09AM on 05/22/2017
It'll surprise me quite a bit if it hits 100 million in the first weekend. It doesn't feel like it has that kind of momentum, but I could be wrong. ~200 million domestic sounds reasonable tho
It'll surprise me quite a bit if it hits 100 million in the first weekend. It doesn't feel like it has that kind of momentum, but I could be wrong. ~200 million domestic sounds reasonable tho
12:09AM on 05/22/2017
It'll surprise me quite a bit if it hits 100 million in the first weekend. It doesn't feel like it has that kind of momentum, but I could be wrong. ~200 million domestic sounds reasonable tho
It'll surprise me quite a bit if it hits 100 million in the first weekend. It doesn't feel like it has that kind of momentum, but I could be wrong. ~200 million domestic sounds reasonable tho
2:17AM on 05/22/2017
It wont have momentum, that's why its gonna make about 45% of its money on the first weekend. I think itll get to 100 just based on nostalgia and the absence of any event films, but itll sink like a rock afterwards, or it might have more staying power then we think, but Depp has just been so off lately I don't see it happening.
It wont have momentum, that's why its gonna make about 45% of its money on the first weekend. I think itll get to 100 just based on nostalgia and the absence of any event films, but itll sink like a rock afterwards, or it might have more staying power then we think, but Depp has just been so off lately I don't see it happening.
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7:46PM on 05/21/2017
I've criticized BvS, Suicide Squad, DC's plans for their DCU many times (though the latter seems to be improving), but it is crazy that Covenant got a 73% on Rottentatoes when DC's both scored in the mid 20%'s. That is crazy. Again, both of those films are incredibly flawed, structural and thematic, and they lack a consistent tone. Each one has its own problems really. But they do have some positives to them, and this Alien movie sure as hell isn't 50% better than them. If anything, it's
I've criticized BvS, Suicide Squad, DC's plans for their DCU many times (though the latter seems to be improving), but it is crazy that Covenant got a 73% on Rottentatoes when DC's both scored in the mid 20%'s. That is crazy. Again, both of those films are incredibly flawed, structural and thematic, and they lack a consistent tone. Each one has its own problems really. But they do have some positives to them, and this Alien movie sure as hell isn't 50% better than them. If anything, it's worse. What started as tight, focused sci-if horror films has turned into a hybrid clunky generic creature feature and theological film about the meaning of life and A.I.. The two subjects aren't working, and should be from separate movies. About an hour into the highly anticipated return to the R-rated horror franchise Alien, there's about ten minutes spent between two robots, both played by Michael Fassbender, where he teaches himself how to play the flute, as well as kisses "himself." And the characters are so incredibly stupid.

I can't stand the "DC conspiracy theorists" who think reviewers are paid to rave over Marvel and shit on DC, I'm pretty sure most people like both COMPANIES and their source materially equally overall, but I see their point with the rottentomatoes rating system. BvS is around a 50%, SS a 40%, and A:C is a pretty typical terrible horror film. Being kind it'd be about a 35%. I just don't know what people liked about it. There weren't even that many aliens, not very much gore, and I think everyone knew the "twist," the minute he exited the building, though I have no idea why he took the time to help them defeat the alien on the ship. He could've just sabatoged them and let them die and done the same.
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9:37PM on 05/21/2017
Well it's mainly a failing of rotten tomatoes that they distill otherwise nuanced reviews into "yea or nay". I think there were a lot of reviewers whose opinion was "well...at least it's better than Prometheus" and rt goes "derr that means you like it!"
Well it's mainly a failing of rotten tomatoes that they distill otherwise nuanced reviews into "yea or nay". I think there were a lot of reviewers whose opinion was "well...at least it's better than Prometheus" and rt goes "derr that means you like it!"
7:32PM on 05/21/2017

No sequel :(

Fox aren't gonna be in a hurry to sequel this, regardless of how well it does overseas. I guess this prequel saga will have to exist as two movies (one revealing the Space Jockey / one being the Xenomorph origin story). The lesson here is definitely; if you're making a prequel - just make a straight up prequel. Don't go tangents first.
Fox aren't gonna be in a hurry to sequel this, regardless of how well it does overseas. I guess this prequel saga will have to exist as two movies (one revealing the Space Jockey / one being the Xenomorph origin story). The lesson here is definitely; if you're making a prequel - just make a straight up prequel. Don't go tangents first.
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10:24PM on 05/21/2017
I don't know about that. It was projected to make around $40 million opening weekend. I would hardly say a few million off what they expected, means there won't be a sequel. And considering there is already $80 million in from overseas, I'd say if Ridley wants to make it, they probably will let him. The budget was $97 million, so they went well under what most sci-fi movie budgets are doing these days. Even some animated ones.
Prometheus had a bigger budget by almost $40 million, and didn't
I don't know about that. It was projected to make around $40 million opening weekend. I would hardly say a few million off what they expected, means there won't be a sequel. And considering there is already $80 million in from overseas, I'd say if Ridley wants to make it, they probably will let him. The budget was $97 million, so they went well under what most sci-fi movie budgets are doing these days. Even some animated ones.
Prometheus had a bigger budget by almost $40 million, and didn't make back that budget domestically. Worldwide box office of $400 million though. I'd expect close enough numbers overall for Covenant. Not counting marketing, that's $250 to $300 million over the budget. You don't think any studio will take those numbers?
6:52PM on 05/22/2017
I think the lesson here is that Ridley needs to be stopped now before he does more damage to Alien.
I think the lesson here is that Ridley needs to be stopped now before he does more damage to Alien.
5:09PM on 05/21/2017

if it's not labelled Marvel or Star Wars...

... space movies are almost always box office flops...
Not a good sign for Valerian...
I was not expecting a huge first week end, but those numbers are very low... Apparently, nostalgia does not pay anymore... Millennials do not give a shit about alien...
... space movies are almost always box office flops...
Not a good sign for Valerian...
I was not expecting a huge first week end, but those numbers are very low... Apparently, nostalgia does not pay anymore... Millennials do not give a shit about alien...
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5:40PM on 05/21/2017
I'm a millennial and I'm obsessed with Alien, have been ever since I was young. I saw this Friday night and saw quite a few younger faces in the audience, and that could just be an exception I suppose, but I'm not sure age is the problem.
I'm a millennial and I'm obsessed with Alien, have been ever since I was young. I saw this Friday night and saw quite a few younger faces in the audience, and that could just be an exception I suppose, but I'm not sure age is the problem.
8:38PM on 05/21/2017
I'm with "psycheoutsteve." I, too, am a millennial and I have so much admiration for the Alien franchise, despite duds like Covenant. I think the issue could be a number of things regardless of the targeted age group. Not that I was complaining, but Covenant did not have as much star power as Prometheus. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba come to mind. Maybe audiences felt gypped by the shortcomings of Prometheus. Also, early reviews play a big part in a film's opening weekend reception and
I'm with "psycheoutsteve." I, too, am a millennial and I have so much admiration for the Alien franchise, despite duds like Covenant. I think the issue could be a number of things regardless of the targeted age group. Not that I was complaining, but Covenant did not have as much star power as Prometheus. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba come to mind. Maybe audiences felt gypped by the shortcomings of Prometheus. Also, early reviews play a big part in a film's opening weekend reception and not all word-of-mouth was positive.
8:38PM on 05/21/2017
I'm with "psycheoutsteve." I, too, am a millennial and I have so much admiration for the Alien franchise, despite duds like Covenant. I think the issue could be a number of things regardless of the targeted age group. Not that I was complaining, but Covenant did not have as much star power as Prometheus. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba come to mind. Maybe audiences felt gypped by the shortcomings of Prometheus. Also, early reviews play a big part in a film's opening weekend reception and
I'm with "psycheoutsteve." I, too, am a millennial and I have so much admiration for the Alien franchise, despite duds like Covenant. I think the issue could be a number of things regardless of the targeted age group. Not that I was complaining, but Covenant did not have as much star power as Prometheus. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba come to mind. Maybe audiences felt gypped by the shortcomings of Prometheus. Also, early reviews play a big part in a film's opening weekend reception and not all word-of-mouth was positive.
3:51PM on 05/21/2017
So it's still Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US.
UK it's Salazar's Revenge.
So it's still Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US.
UK it's Salazar's Revenge.
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3:06PM on 05/21/2017
Curious why the writer chose to link to Bumbray's controversial review that was not received well as opposed to Paul Shirley's - or better yet why not both?
Curious why the writer chose to link to Bumbray's controversial review that was not received well as opposed to Paul Shirley's - or better yet why not both?
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3:03PM on 05/21/2017
Had a feeling Alien: Covenant might disappoint at the box office. It's pretty slow in places and the downer ending is very predictable.
Had a feeling Alien: Covenant might disappoint at the box office. It's pretty slow in places and the downer ending is very predictable.
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