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'Alien: Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/21/2017 By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from "Alien: Covenant." (Twentieth Century Fox via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from "Alien: Covenant." (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Alien: Covenant" is just barely edging out "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in the weekend box-office space battle.

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Katherine Waterston in a scene from "Alien: Covenant." (Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Katherine Waterston in a scene from "Alien: Covenant." (Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Studio estimates Sunday show Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales. "Guardians" collected just over $35 million in its third week of release.

The teen romance "Everything, Everything" debuted in third place with $12 million.

Another new release, the PG-rated "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," claimed fifth place with $7.2 million. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's R-rated comedy "Snatched" finished fourth in its second week in theaters with $7.6 million.

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