With the film down to a few showings in a few cinemas across the United Kingdom and the United States, Alien: Covenant has just opened in China on the 16th to a fairly decent opening weekend of just under $30 million, pushing The Mummy off the top of the Chinese film charts and nearly equaling the $34 million that Prometheus took in its entire run in China.
Despite pretty decent critical and fan reviews, Alien: Covenant struggled to maintain any momentum in the Box Office having taken nearly $215 million. It’s not a flop by any stretch but it hasn’t been the massive success 20th Century Fox were likely after.
“Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant opened at the top of the Chinese box office over the weekend with $30 million. The 20th Century Fox film earned $10.2 million on Friday, followed by just under $11 million on Saturday and $7.5 million on Sunday, according to data from Beijing box-office monitor Ent Group (the company’s weekend estimate was slightly lower than Fox’s at $29.1 million). The movie has pulled in $215 million worldwide as of Sunday.”
The Chinese cinema regulators also cut around 6 minutes worth of footage from Alien: Covenant. Most of the edits seemed to have been around the Aliens and Neomorphs and their associated gore. However, the regulators also went for the David and Walter kiss, removing that scene as well.
Alien: Covenant seems to be making a similar impact on the Chinese cinema-goers as it did in the United States and Europe, currently rated as 7.4 on Douban. After China, the next big region for Alien: Covenant’s release is Japan on the 15th of August.
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