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Box office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ edges ‘Guardians’ for top spot

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

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

“You couldn’t get two outer-space-operas that are more different from each other 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 a slimy, parasitic space monsters; Disney’s “Guardians” is a sweet, family-centered romp in the cosmos.

“‘Alien’ is a kind of the “dark side”,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s the R-rated yin and `Guardians’ PG-13 rating, like yang.”

Two other new releases landed in the top five. Warner Bros.’ teen romance “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 the R-rated comedy of Fox, fell to fourth place in its second week of release with $ 7.6 million.

“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” a solid start of the summer season of film with more than $300 million in domestic ticket sales so far, Dergarabedian said, although the total revenues are running about 10 percent behind the latest summer of the totals.

Nevertheless, it Can follow a typical pattern, ” he said. Marvel movies kick-off of the month, which ends with Memorial Day tent poles as next weekend is “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. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Strange: the Covenant,” $36 million ($30.3 million international).

2. “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” $35.1 million ($28 million international).

3. “Everything, everything, everything,” $12 million.

4. “Snatched,” $7.6 million ($3.3 million international).

5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long haul,” $7.2 million.

6. “King Arthur: the Legend of the Sword,” $6.8 million ($27.7 million international).

7. “The Fate of the Furious,” $3.2 million ($7.2 million international).

8. “The Boss of the Baby,” $2.8 million ($5.1 million international).

9. “Belle and the Beast,” $2.4 million ($5.2 million international).

10. “How to be a Latin Lover,” $2.2 million ($2.2 international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Dangal,” $32.6 million

2. “Strange: the Covenant,” $ 30.3 million.

3. “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” $28 million.

4. “King Arthur: the Legend of the Sword,” $27.7 million.

5. “Get out,” $13.6 million.

6. “Life,” $13.2 million.

7. “The Fate of the Furious,” $7.2 million.

8. “Belle and the Beast,” $5.2 million.

9. “The Boss of the Baby,” $5.1 million.

10. “The Merciless,” $3.4 million.
 

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