Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant has dropped 80% at the box-office on Friday of this weekend. This news comes right on the heels of the film under-performing on its opening weekend, and opening lower than its predecessor, Prometheus. It’s hard to pinpoint why the film had such a whopping drop in numbers, especially after the film’s (mostly) favorable reviews, but it’s likely due to the competition the film had to face this weekend.
Opening at a decent number last week, Covenant wasn’t the hit the studio was hoping for, but it was certainly profitable as it raked in $36 million domestically. According to Forbes, the film made $3 million on Friday, dropping 80% from what it made last week. The film didn’t have much to open up to last weekend, but this weekend sees the release of Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch, two franchises who have immense fans of their own.
Prometheus managed to make $51 million during its opening weekend back in 2012 and was able to earn $403 million by the end of its run. Alien: Covenant, currently standing at $136 million, has a long way to go until it surpasses its prequel.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz. Here’s the official synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant is now playing. You can check out our review here.
‘Alien Covenant:’ 5 Things That Worked, 5 Things That Didn’t
This past weekend, Alien: Covenant hit theaters. Ridley Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus, the Alien prequel continued to tell tales before the events of the Nostromo crew. This time, the crew of the Covenant, a colonization crew responds to a distress signal and finds even more terrifying things. We here at Heroic Hollywood thought the film was a valiant effort, but did not live up to Ridley Scott’s classic film and was overall a C+. Like Prometheus, Alien: Covenant was a divisive film, even amongst hardcore fans. The mixed reviews did not stop theatergoers from going to see the latest installment as the film was the number one movie this past weekend, dethroning Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. So, there’s still a lot of love for this franchise.
As stated before, the film was a divisive one. It did capture some of the horrors that the franchise desperately needed. It also did not correct the mistakes of the previous film, and in fact once again raised more questions than it answered. Even if you thought it was a flawed film, there were a lot of good things to take in with the bad. Here are some of the good and bad in Alien: Covenant. SPOILERS GALORE!! Click Next to take a look…