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Covenant wins box office space race

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 5:00 AM
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LOS ANGELES (AP):

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

Ridley Scott's latest Alien exploit opened with US$36m ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Guardians was close behind with just over US$35m in its third week of release.

"You couldn't get two outer-space operas that are more different in terms of point of view and execution," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for ComScore.

Two other new releases landed in the top five. Warner Bros' teen romance Everything, Everything debuted in third place with US$12m, and Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, opened in fifth with US$7.2m.

May is following a typical pattern, Dergarabedian said. Marvel movies kickoff the month, which ends with Memorial Day tent poles like next weekend's Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas according to comScore.

1. Alien: Covenant, US$36m (US$30.3m international).

2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, US$35.1m (US$28m international).

3. Everything, Everything, US$12m

4. Snatched, US$7.6ml (US$3.3m international).

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, US$7.2m

6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, US$6.8m (US$27.7m international).

7. The Fate of the Furious, US$3.2m (US$7.2m international).

8. The Boss Baby, US$2.8m (US$5.1m international).

9. Beauty and the Beast, US$2.4m (US$5.2m international).

10. How to Be a Latin Lover, US$2.2m (US$2.2m international).