‘Alien: Covenant’ Set To Overtake ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ At Box Office

Alien: Covenant

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has reigned as the box office king for the past two weeks since its release, but all that could change come this weekend, when another highly-anticipated science-fiction adventure hits theaters.

The Wrap is reporting that Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which should take in an estimated $40-45 million domestically this weekend, should be able to dethrone Guardians, as long as that film drops the expected 50 percent from the $65.2 million it took in last week. Add this to the roughly $40 million it has made overseas already in 34 markets (including the U.K., Korea and France) and this Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel is doing quite well for itself.

This would be a definite win for 20th Century Fox, as their marketing department has really put in the work to open this film, promoting it at places like SXSW, where a special early screening and panel was held, not to mention the “Alien Day” festivities that took place on April 26th of this year, a date chosen in honor of LV-426, the planet from Scott’s original 1979 Alien. Fox has had a fair amount of success with their R-rated films over the past few years, including Logan, which took in $606 million worldwide in March, Deadpool, which raked in $760 million altogether last February, and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which grossed a total of $414 million, enough to greenlight the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hits theaters in September of this year.

Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz. Here is 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 hits theaters May 19, 2017. You can check out my review of the film right here.

Source: The Wrap

Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up

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TrailersEvery year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.

I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.

If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).