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Alien: Covenant Struggles in US Box Office

When Alien: Covenant finally hit the big screens in the United States, it opened with a fairly strong $36 million. It was on the lower end of the predicted take (around $40 million) but it was still reasonable.

Despite fairly favorable critic reviews (currently certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 71% rating), unfortunately for 20th Century Fox and fans eager to see more of Alien: Covenant’s story direction, the film’s momentum didn’t last long.

According to an article shared by Forbes last Friday, Alien: Covenant’s taking dropped a massive 80% in its second week in the States which would put it in the top 10 of the biggest second week drop-offs of all time.

 Alien: Covenant Struggles in US Box Office

Providing an update on the box office situation yesterday, Deadline reported that the latest Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch released to much higher numbers in the States.

Grossing another $10.8M from 77 markets, Fox and Ridley’s Scott’s Alien: Covenant just crossed the $100M threshold after experiencing some decent holds in certain markets — Russia is still No. 2 in the market in its sophomore frame after pulling in another $1.1M this weekend, for instance.

Likewise in Germany, it’s held on well for the No. 3 spot in its second weekend where it grabbed $914K. In the UK, it took in about $939K (weekend 3) and in France $914K (also week 3).

Remember, this one still has yet to bow in China or Japan, which it will do on June 16 and Sept.. 15, respectively. Overall, it has a cume after this weekend of $101M. Its global take is $161.5M.”

It would seem that Alien: Covenant is performing better worldwide, having taken in over $100 million, but it’s looking likely that Alien: Covenant is going to struggle to read the $80 million mark in the States. It’s not looking good for Alien: Covenant or any of the potential sequels Ridley Scott has spoken about previously.

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  1. juxtapose
    it still has monday to thursday to make some extra bucks in china. .it might be as much as another 10 to 15 mil. With the arival of Transformers next weekend every movie currently on the chinese circuit  will nosedive of a cliff. .so next weekend i think another 5 mil sounds about right for covenant and then by the end of it's run i am guessing about 25 mil added to the 215 it's already make. .then japan in september another 20 mil. .so 260 final global sounds like my best guess. .obviously i hope it does more. .
  2. Aquarius8
    After topping the China Box Office "Covenant" becomes the 2nd Highest Grossing film in the Alien Franchise Globally.  Ridley Scott's "Alien Prequel Series" has crossed 600 Million at the Global Box Office and about 200 Million at the Domestic Box Office:

    Prometheus
    Total Lifetime Grosses
    Domestic:    $126,477,084      31.4%
    + Foreign:    $276,877,385      68.6%
    = Worldwide:    $403,354,469   

    A:Covenant
    Total Lifetime Grosses
    Domestic:    $72,660,985      33.8%
    + Foreign:    $142,300,000      66.2%
    = Worldwide:    $214,960,985   
  3. bb-15
    Quote from: Kane's other son on Jun 18, 2017, 06:17:55 PM
    Scott will probably hand over the reigns to someone new and stay on board as a producer.
    He'll soon be 80, has a full slate and a big enough ego to not be very content with the lukewarm reception of Covenant. Not to mention that Fox will most definitely demand a lower budget. I guess around $75 million or so.

    All interesting questions about whether there will be another prequel, if so who will direct and what will be the budget?
    Kane's guesses fit the projections about final box office.

    * What is known is that "Covenant" BO is now at about $215 million worldwide.
    - From that I can speculate that it will end up in the $225 to $230 million range.
    That would be underperforming but OK. Taking the ratio of box office divided by production budget; "Covenant" will probably do a little better than "Resurrection" and a little worse than "AVP".

    - If there is another Alien movie, imo it would get something like the budget for "Life", in the $58 million range.
    Such a budget could push out Ridley Scott from directing it.

    ;)
  4. Protozoid
    Quote from: newagescamartist on Jun 18, 2017, 07:59:02 PM
    Prometheus and Covenant also got pretty decent reviews too so it's not like everyone universally hates those two movies. I think it's easier to get caught up in the negativity when discussing this stuff with hardcore fans. I bet Fox lowers the budget, and Scott will make one more.
    Good point about the reviews. Fox might chalk up the middling performance of the movie to an overall poor summer, lots of competition, and franchise fatigue. They can try again, hopefully with a fresher approach more akin to Prometheus. Lots of the reviews indicated that Covenant should have been more ambitious with the story rather than retreading familiar ground.
  5. gantarat
    Quote from: Ingwar on Jun 18, 2017, 03:27:36 PM
    Quote from: Salt The Fries on Jun 18, 2017, 12:04:49 PM
    https://twitter.com/Boxofficindia/status/876392469558067200

    Apparently it earned 9.73 M in its second day, that's almost 21 M already, which by the way is half of what Nostromo cost Weyland-Yutani in unadjusted dollars.

    Prometheus earned 4.4 M in its opening week.

    We're talking about 60 M easily.

    60 M? No way, Transformers will kill every single movie next week.


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCmHa0CXkAAzrw1.jpg:large

    4.6M on Sunday.

    China Watch Doraemon ?
  6. newagescamartist
    Prometheus and Covenant also got pretty decent reviews too so it's not like everyone universally hates those two movies. I think it's easier to get caught up in the negativity when discussing this stuff with hardcore fans. I bet Fox lowers the budget, and Scott will make one more.
  7. juxtapose
    if fox allows scott to make another prequel he will. .his like a dog with a bone. .he won't let go that easily. .he loved making prom and covenant and i for one loved watching them. .


    sitting now at 215.0 mil worldwide. .
  8. BishopShouldGo
    That won't happen. Ridley has more energy than any do us and will see this as a challenge to make an even better movie. He doesn't back down. Why do you guys always say that! You're here aren't you? We're all superfans. Everyone here should know that Ridley isn't like that by now.
  9. Kane's other son
    Scott will probably hand over the reigns to someone new and stay on board as a producer.
    He'll soon be 80, has a full slate and a big enough ego to not be very content with the lukewarm reception of Covenant. Not to mention that Fox will most definitely demand a lower budget. I guess around $75 million or so.
  10. Protozoid
    Quote from: Feeds On Minds on Jun 18, 2017, 04:28:52 PM
    Ugh..I was hoping Covenant would kill any chance of old Scott making more of these.. 
    Still got my fingers crossed he's not allowed to do any further damage to the series.
    Something better happened, imo:

    It made enough that to series could continue under Scott.

    But it also underperformed, and when Fox reads the reviews and comments, they will get the answer to the question of whether Prometheus would have been more successful as a direct Alien prequel. In other words, they overvalued the Alien brand and undervalued Prometheus. Fans seem to be slowly realizing this, also. Imagine if the bombing of Blade Runner was attributed to a lack of xenos and Scott made an immediate follow-up without Deckard but crawling with aliens? You can't recreated a past success. No Star Wars film has outperformed A New Hope. Most franchises trend downwards. And Scott has made four sci-fi movies that were great without being sequels to established franchises. Fox should stop recreating and start creating.

    They will rethink the Alien prequel idea, again, which I think is good. Scott, Rothman, and Lindelof were vindicated in their belief that audiences want something fresh. Next time, they should listen to Scott more and hire a screenwriter with a fresh take, like Spaihts and Lindelof had. If (or, imo, when) that movie does better than Covenant, then they have definitive proof that fresh takes reinvigorate franchises and painting by the numbers slowly milks them dry.
  11. 0321recon
    Quote from: 426Buddy on Jun 18, 2017, 05:19:36 PM
    Quote from: Feeds On Minds on Jun 18, 2017, 04:28:52 PM
    Ugh..I was hoping Covenant would kill any chance of old Scott making more of these.. 
    Still got my fingers crossed he's not allowed to do any further damage to the series.

    After Alien: Resurrection and the AvP films, there really isn't any more damage that could be done imo. I don't mind this new direction, i'de be happy if Scott was allowed to do one more.

    Agreed. Let Riddles finish his trilogy,
  12. Salt The Fries
    Quote from: Ingwar on Jun 18, 2017, 03:27:36 PM
    Quote from: Salt The Fries on Jun 18, 2017, 12:04:49 PM
    https://twitter.com/Boxofficindia/status/876392469558067200

    Apparently it earned 9.73 M in its second day, that's almost 21 M already, which by the way is half of what Nostromo cost Weyland-Yutani in unadjusted dollars.

    Prometheus earned 4.4 M in its opening week.

    We're talking about 60 M easily.

    60 M? No way, Transformers will kill every single movie next week.


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCmHa0CXkAAzrw1.jpg:large

    4.6M on Sunday.
    I know it will kill. But it ain't out till the 23th. Prometheus earned 34 M in the end...why can't Covvie earn 60 M?
  13. Ingwar
    Quote from: Salt The Fries on Jun 18, 2017, 12:04:49 PM
    https://twitter.com/Boxofficindia/status/876392469558067200

    Apparently it earned 9.73 M in its second day, that's almost 21 M already, which by the way is half of what Nostromo cost Weyland-Yutani in unadjusted dollars.

    Prometheus earned 4.4 M in its opening week.

    We're talking about 60 M easily.

    60 M? No way, Transformers will kill every single movie next week.


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCmHa0CXkAAzrw1.jpg:large

    4.6M on Sunday.
  14. D. Compton Ambrose
    Quote from: Ingwar on Jun 16, 2017, 06:24:13 PM
    Quote from: Kane's other son on Jun 16, 2017, 06:19:42 PM
    The chinese market is bigger now than it was back in 2012. Covenant will end up with $50-60 million.

    I hope. It's got a good start but Prometheus was 3D and it wasn't butchered by censorship as Covenant. Besides Transformers will slaughter all next week.



    QuoteAnd here we are, yet again, with a somewhat disappointing genre offering hoping against hope that China will pull them out of the fire. Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opened with a pretty decent $11.2 million yesterday, including online ticketing fees and including $750,000 from midnight previews. The 20th Century Fox release, which cost a fiscally reasonable $97m (Prometheus cost $130m in 2012), sputtered out pretty quickly in North America, earning $36m over its debut weekend and just $72m as it enters its fifth weekend with a likely under-$1m Fri-Sun frame. That's lower than what the original Alien made ($78m) way back in 1979.

    The picture has done a little better overseas, with (including yesterday's China launch) $122 million thus far for a current $194m worldwide total not including whatever it made overseas between Monday and Thursday. So, yeah, it's probably over $200m worldwide and may be at around $215-$220m by Sunday. It won't come anywhere near the $405m earned by Prometheus five years ago. An over/under $250m worldwide cume for an R-rated horror movie is nothing to snark at, even if Fox was arguably hoping for something better. This is a longer conversation for another day, but I still maintain that Prometheus: Covenant (or just Covenant) would have been a better sell.

    Alien is a franchise that has been around but hasn't been a huge deal since Aliens in 1986. Sure, it's still the biggest horror franchise of all time with $1.454 billion worldwide over eight movies (yes, counting the Alien vs. Predator films), but this isn't a great result and I imagine some hard questions will be asked about where the franchise goes next, or if it goes anywhere at all. I say this a lot, but it is entirely okay to allow one of these old-school franchises to die a natural death just because the time has come. But I digress.

    We're probably looking at a $30 million opening weekend in China. There aren't a ton of options for Chinese horror fans, which partially explains why Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and The Mummy relatively broke out. But the film is heavily edited, with much of the violence/gore removed, and audiences aren't thrilled about that. At this juncture, a $60m total would be a gift, especially with Transformers: The Last Knight set to make $60m in its first minute in China (slight exaggeration) next week. Alien: Covenant is not a flop, but it's not really a hit either.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/06/16/china-box-office-alien-covenant-nabs-11m-friday-tom-cruises-the-mummy-drops-85/#2ed92842764d

    Well then, I guess we're stuck with what's effectively a "Shrodinger's-edition" origin story. Perhaps for the best. The debate will continue and the franchise still maintains (somewhat of) a semblance of the original's genre-defining mysteriousness...
  15. juxtapose
    . .from what i heard. .prom was even more butchered. .the scenes suffering the most was the medpod scene. .the end scene with the engineer versus the ovegrown facehugger, the fifield monster attack..the milburn and fifield misadventure with the spacecobra/hammerpede. .etc.
    . .that was what one chinese memeber said on these board a while back. .before the 19th of may. .but i can't remember in which thread. .?
  16. Ingwar
    Quote from: Kane's other son on Jun 16, 2017, 06:19:42 PM
    The chinese market is bigger now than it was back in 2012. Covenant will end up with $50-60 million.

    I hope. It's got a good start but Prometheus was 3D and it wasn't butchered by censorship as Covenant. Besides Transformers will slaughter all next week.



    QuoteAnd here we are, yet again, with a somewhat disappointing genre offering hoping against hope that China will pull them out of the fire. Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opened with a pretty decent $11.2 million yesterday, including online ticketing fees and including $750,000 from midnight previews. The 20th Century Fox release, which cost a fiscally reasonable $97m (Prometheus cost $130m in 2012), sputtered out pretty quickly in North America, earning $36m over its debut weekend and just $72m as it enters its fifth weekend with a likely under-$1m Fri-Sun frame. That's lower than what the original Alien made ($78m) way back in 1979.

    The picture has done a little better overseas, with (including yesterday's China launch) $122 million thus far for a current $194m worldwide total not including whatever it made overseas between Monday and Thursday. So, yeah, it's probably over $200m worldwide and may be at around $215-$220m by Sunday. It won't come anywhere near the $405m earned by Prometheus five years ago. An over/under $250m worldwide cume for an R-rated horror movie is nothing to snark at, even if Fox was arguably hoping for something better. This is a longer conversation for another day, but I still maintain that Prometheus: Covenant (or just Covenant) would have been a better sell.

    Alien is a franchise that has been around but hasn't been a huge deal since Aliens in 1986. Sure, it's still the biggest horror franchise of all time with $1.454 billion worldwide over eight movies (yes, counting the Alien vs. Predator films), but this isn't a great result and I imagine some hard questions will be asked about where the franchise goes next, or if it goes anywhere at all. I say this a lot, but it is entirely okay to allow one of these old-school franchises to die a natural death just because the time has come. But I digress.

    We're probably looking at a $30 million opening weekend in China. There aren't a ton of options for Chinese horror fans, which partially explains why Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and The Mummy relatively broke out. But the film is heavily edited, with much of the violence/gore removed, and audiences aren't thrilled about that. At this juncture, a $60m total would be a gift, especially with Transformers: The Last Knight set to make $60m in its first minute in China (slight exaggeration) next week. Alien: Covenant is not a flop, but it's not really a hit either.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/06/16/china-box-office-alien-covenant-nabs-11m-friday-tom-cruises-the-mummy-drops-85/#2ed92842764d
  17. Ingwar
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Jun 16, 2017, 04:36:31 PM
    It's quite good. Might even do similar numbers as Prometheus. The only problem with China box office money is that the studio actually gets very little of it. It's not a 50/50 split.

    It's much better that Prometheus in his first week.

    Date(Weeks)                   Gross(M)   Total Gross
    12-09-17 - 12-09-23 (3)   $4.9        $34.0
    12-09-10 - 12-09-16 (2)   $9.3        $29.0
    12-09-03 - 12-09-09 (1)   $15.3      $19.7
    12-08-27 - 12-09-02 (0)   $4.4         $4.4
  18. Ingwar
    $10 milllion in one day. Great news? No. It's bloody great news.

    @juxtapose

    I love Parific Rim. Great movie. It's too bad it didn't do well at box office. Transformers franchise is full of ...
  19. juxtapose
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Jun 16, 2017, 04:36:31 PM
    It's quite good. Might even do similar numbers as Prometheus. The only problem with China box office money is that the studio actually gets very little of it. It's not a 50/50 split.
    . .i know it's like 25 to 30 percent or something like that. .but it saved pacific rim wich has now gotten a sequel in the works. .i would never understand why that movie performed so badly in the states. . I thought it was ten times better than those transformer movies and the beasts was so cool. .same with kong skull island. .considering the cost it underperformed. .but still i thought it was spectacular. .loved the soundtrack as well!. .and it was way better than jurassic world. .in every regard. .yet according to the box office. .it was'nt. .wtf is up with audiences these days?
  20. juxtapose
    i hope if this weekend does well it will have some legs in  china. .so glad it is of to a good start. .i thouight with the cuts it would be lucky if it made 10 mil tops over it's entire run. .now lets hope it's . BIG IN JAPAN!
  21. juxtapose
    the mummy was number one last weekend and it overtook that movie. .so i would say it's done decently so far. .tho this might just be curiosity on it's first day and it might fall heavily tommorrow. .considering the cuts. .but it made something today and i am so happy it did!
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