Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant Tops Box Office with Disappointing $36 Million


Alien: Covenant, the latest installation by veteran sci-fi director Ridley Scott, burrows into the psychosexual roots of the monster to present a bloody, baroque, deeply weird story.

Which is why, despite the title, you shouldn't go into Alien: Covenant expecting an Alien movie. Alien: Covenant might also feature a lighter side.

With a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only receiving a CinemaScore of a B grade, it looks like the casual "Alien" fan chose to pass on the opening weekend for "Covenant". Two-thirds of Prometheus's box-office returns came from overseas. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. However, Prometheus screenings began at midnight, whereas Covenant screenings began running earlier in the night.

What we found there was fascinating; a destroyed civilisation, and the history of humanity's creators.

And, of course, the week after that, we get Wonder Woman. If only there weren't nightmarish creatures with a taste for man flesh to distract our heroes from enjoying the sights. Ridley Scott's original 1979 film and James Cameron's sequel seven years later did a great job of fusing together science fiction and horror in unexpected ways. The film opened across 2,801 locations. The DNA is there, but it shares more in common with Prometheus than with its namesake.

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"I think the teenage crowd - the 20-something crowd - is going to go to this, but there isn't really huge star power here", Murphy said of the film. Scott has grand designs for his franchise, and in order to enact those designs, the Xenomorph's ancestors, like ours, had to be explored. With a moderate "B" Cinemascore, it seems like audiences were as mixed on the movie as ComingSoon.net's own critics.

Scott clearly has a grand vision, one that he suspects will be spread out over one or two more films, and doesn't particularly care who's along for the ride.

Michael Fassbender returns as the synthetic life form David, who's been stranded in the tombs beneath the city for years.

This is an interesting idea for Covenant to explore, and conceptually, it melds the evolution of those aliens and the android's obsessions fairly well. Will this lead to almost-certain death at the hands of ruthless aliens?

I personally noticed that one of the aliens on David's desk looked a lot like the human/alien from Alien: Resurrection and the tune that David plays on the flute is the theme from Prometheus.

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