Alien: Covenant Gets Psychosexual In a Bloody, Baroque, Deeply Weird Story

While the opening for Covenant is commendable given its "R" rating, it was 40% lower than the $51 million its predecessor kicked off with.

"Alien: Covenant" is an ambitious movie and it earns points for pushing the envelope. So, the biggest connection back to Prometheus is this character.

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Alien: Covenant sets out to carve its own place in the canon by combining ideas introduced in the 1979 classic with the themes of spirituality and creation found in the first prequel. He's by far the most terrifying thing onscreen, including all the alien variants, and Fassbender should be complimented on the performance.

The weekend before Memorial Day sees one major wide release hoping to knock off Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a young adult novel adaptation and the reboot of a surprisingly reliable kid lit franchise as May continues the feast or starvation year at the box office.

Meanwhile, Guardians has now earned $302 million Stateside and $732.6 million globally. The Friday figure was a little bit of cause for concern as Prometheus started off in June 2012 with $21.4 million. The eight "Alien" movies have brought in $552 million domestically, starting with the original film "Aliens" in 1986. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also has a 4.61 out of 5 User Rating, giving it the second-highest user rating among all comic book movies. Based on the young adult novel, Everything was met with middling reviews from critics -43% approval on Rotten Tomatoes-, but scored with viewers.

Although this is the first Alien film to be released after the death of H R Giger, his haunting and attractive designs are still present in the archaeology of the spaceships and the designs of the fast-spawning extraterrestrial creatures.

Universal and Blumhouse's "Get Out" took in $13.6 million from 41 territories to raise the worldwide total to $54.6 million. Alien: Covenant should debut at number one since it continues the popular and long-lasting Alien franchise, while Diary of the Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul looks to please the family crowd, and Everything, Everything goes after the teen romance crowd. In its third frame this weekend, though, it was expected to be a close race between Guardians 2 and 20th Century Fox's Alien: Covenant, and this weekend's box office race most certainly delivered. They gave it a "B" on CinemaScore. That means all eyes are fixed on a duo of splashy summer releases - Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and Paramount's "Baywatch" - to hopefully make up some ground.

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