HOLLYWOOD—Well, it was indeed an interesting weekend at the box-office. With both “Alien: Covenant” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” hoping to dethrone “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” from the top spot at the box-office, one would succeed, but barely. “Alien: Covenant” the sequel to Ridley Scott’s mind-boggling prequel “Prometheus” came out on top with $36 million to rise to the top. While an impressive debut, it falls in comparison to its predecessor which opened to more than $51 million in June 2012. Word of mouth buzz could help “Covenant,” but it will indeed have tough battles to maintain its grip as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.
Falling to second place was “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which only LOST to “Alien: Covenant” by a mere million, as the comic book hit earned a little over $35 million. In just 3 weeks in theaters, the film has already crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box-office. The teen drama “Everything, Everything” landed in third place with a solid $12 million in just over 2800 theaters. The comedy “Snatched” earned fourth place with $7.6 million to bring its domestic tally over $32 million. Hmm, looks like the laughs for this flick have crashed and burned.
Rounding out the top five was “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” with $7.2 million. Memorial Day weekend is likely to see a new champion at the box-office, as “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” do battle. I’m inclined to give the edge to the fifth chapter in the “Pirates” franchise because of Johnny Depp, not to mention “Baywatch” is rated-R which will limit the patrons under 17 from seeing such a flick.