According to current box office estimates, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant narrowly beat out another set of “aliens” in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a weekend gross of $36 million dollars. Last week’s champ (Guardians) finished with just over $35 million at the weekend box office, ending their two week reign in the top spot.
While the win is a positive for the new Alien film, it did not bring in the estimated $40-$45 million that most tracking agencies predicted. In fact, the much maligned Prometheus brought in $15 million more than Covenant with a total of $51 million in its first weekend in 2012. Couple this with a summer packed with a new blockbuster or two every weekend until mid-August, and Covenant may not last long at your local theater.