Fox’s Alien: Covenant has landed on top of the Aussie box office, earning just under $4 million over its opening weekend. The Ridley Scott film, shot in Oz, debuted on 310 screens, each making an average of $12,768.
Fellow Fox title Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as a mother-daughter team, opened behind on $2.9 million. It’s on slightly more screens than Alien: Covenant, 319, earning it an average of $9,086.
Both films managed to knock off last week’s number one, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It earned $2.7 million; a fall of 45 per cent. However, the Disney title has lost 224 screens since last weekend, remaining on 410. Overall, the film has made almost $27 million since its release three weeks ago.
eOne’s A Dog Purpose dropped only 15 per cent over its second weekend, ringing up just over $1 million. From Swedish director Lasse Hallström, the drama has grossed $2.7 million so far.
No other film broke the million dollar mark over the weekend, with Universal’s Get Out tumbling 49 per cent to earn $965,196. Now on screens for two weeks, the Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams-starrer has made $4.5 million.
The Fate of the Furious, now in its fifth week, made $405,031, taking the Universal film to a cume of $28 million. Meanwhile, Roadshow’s Going in Style brought in $344,265, taking its total to $4.3 million.
Mindblowing Film’s Punjabi romance Lahoriye opened on just 27 screens to earn $338,597, earning it a screen average just below Alien: Covenant – $12,541.
Now on screens for eight weeks, Beauty and the Beast took in $311,184, and now sits on $47.5 million. Rounding out the top 10 is WWII film The Zookeeper’s Wife, which now sits on $639,413 after two weeks.
Among Aussie films, Transmission doco Whiteley opened on 20 screens to $44,625. With previews, that puts the James Bogle-helmed film at $123,459. Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, distributed by eOne, remains on 19 screens and has made $213,826 after four weeks.