Weekend Box Office: 'Alien: Covenant' Flies to $4.2M Thursday Night

Weekend Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Flying Past ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ for $40M-Plus Bow

Weekend Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Flying Past ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ for $40M-Plus Bow

Two smaller films targeting younger moviegoers also open this weeekend: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ and ‘Everything, Everything,’ which took in $525,000 in previews.

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant will easily rocket past holdover Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to win the weekend box-office race with a projected $40 million-$42 million domestic launch from 3,760 theaters, according to early estimates.

Scott’s second installment in the Alien prequel franchise, from Fox, cost $97 million to make. In June 2012, the first prequel, Prometheus, debuted to $51.5 million domestically.

Alien: Covenant features an ensemble cast led by Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. This time out, the crew of the colony ship Covenant think they have discovered paradise, only to encounter hostile and dangerous alien forces.

Covenant‘s projected Friday gross of $16 million-$17 million will include $4.2 million in Thursday night previews.

Disney and Marvel’s global Goliath Guardians Vol. 2, which has stayed atop the chart for the past two weekends, is tipped to earn another $30 million or more in its third outing as it prepares to cross the $700 million mark globally.

Fox is on double duty this weekend, between Alien: Covenant and reboot Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, based on the popular kids’ book series. The fourth outing in the film franchise, playing in 3,157 locations, is projected to gross $9 million-$11 million for the weekend. The Long Haul, which cost $22 million to make, is targeting moviegoers between the ages of 6 and 12.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. and MGM is bowing YA romance drama Everything, Everything, which is projected to beat Diary of a Wimpy Kid with $11 million-$12 million from 2,801 theaters. The film earned $525,000 in Thursday previews.

Based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling 2015 novel about an 18-year-old girl who can’t leave her home because of a mysterious immune disorder, the $10 million film hopes to win over tween and teen girls. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson star.

May 19, 1:10 p.m. Updated with revised weekend numbers.

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