It was a tight race for the top spot at the box office for the weekend before Memorial day, but director Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant takes a narrow lead over James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

20th Century Fox’s science fiction horror, Alien: Covenant leads domestic box office with $36 million, which is $15 million less than Prometheus’ $51 million gross in its opening weekend five years ago.

Internationally, the film made an over $30 million from 76 markets bringing its international total to $81.8 million for a worldwide total of $117.9 million, against a production budget of $97 million.

Weekend Box Office: Alien Covenant Takes The Top Spot From Guardians of the Galaxy 2 3
Weekend Box Office: Alien Covenant Takes The Top Spot From Guardians of the Galaxy 2 4

Alien: Covenant made its debut this weekend in Russia ($4.4m), Germany ($2.3m) and Sweden ($822K). It will make its debut in China on June 16.

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 drops to second spot with $35 million in its third weekend, it topped $300 million domestically this weekend. As of May 21, the film grossed $430.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $732.6 million.

GOTG VOl.2 is just $32 million away from surpassing the domestic gross of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and that could happen before the month of May ends.

In third spot is this week’s new release, Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s romantic drama, Everything, Everything (starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson) opened in 2,801 theaters with an estimated $12 million gross, against a production budget of $10 million.

Taking fourth spot, 20th Century Fox’s action-comedy, Snatched (starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn) in its second weekend made an estimated $7.6 million. As of today, the film made $32.8 million in the United States and Canada and $7.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $40 million, against a production budget of $42 million.

And at fifth spot, this week’s new release, 20th Century Fox’s family comedy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opened in 3,157 theaters with an estimated $7.2 million marking the lowest opening of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise.

Top 10 Weekend forecast:

  1. Alien: Covenant (3,760 theaters) – $36 M
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4,347 theaters) – $35 M
  3. Everything, Everything (2,801 theaters) – $12 M
  4. Snatched (3,511 theaters) – $7.6 M
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (3,157 theaters) – $7.2 M
  6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (3,702 theaters) – $6.8 M
  7. The Fate of the Furious (2,287 theaters) – $3.1 M
  8. The Boss Baby (2,071 theaters) – $2.8 M
  9. Beauty and the Beast (1,792 theaters) – $2.4 M
  10. How to be a Latin Lover (948 theaters) – $2.2 M
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