“Alien: Covenant” Tops Quiet Box-Office

Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” underwhelmed at the box-office this weekend, the sci-fi horror tale taking in just $36 million in its domestic debut.

That domestic debut pushed it past “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which came in a very close second with $35.1 million in its third weekend. The Marvel film has grossed $301 million domestically and $733 million globally to date.

Reviews, both critical and in audience polling, have been surprisingly divisive over Scott’s sci-fi epic which returns the series back to a more horror-oriented formula after the more loftily ambitious “Prometheus” which opened to a notably higher $51.5 million in 2012.

‘Covenant’ opened a week ago overseas, and by the end of this weekend has racked up an overseas tally of $81.8 million. Coming in at a budget of $97 million, the film could make its costs back – but it’ll be tight.

The Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson-led young adult adaptation “Everything, Everything” debuted in third with $12 million, surpassing its production budget.

Kids film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” bombed on arrival with a fifth place haul of $7 million – around half what the previous film opened to. What was an attempt to reboot the family franchise has instead effectively killed it.

The R-rated Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy “Snatched” fell 61% in its second outing to $7.6 million in sixth, while “King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword” fell 55% to $6.8 million in seventh.