Alien: Covenant Tops Opening Weekend Box Office But Falls Behind Prometheus

Director Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Alien: Covenant earned $36 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office, narrowly beating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the new No. 1 film in the U.S. A sequel to the fairly lucrative 2012 Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus, the goal of Alien: Covenant is to help lay the foundation of stories that lead up to the original Alien film that Scott directed in 1979 starring Sigourney Weaver.

With the exception of Michael Fassbender, Alien: Covenant features largely a new cast in the lead roles (including Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride), and chronicles the ship Covenant’s mission to …

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