‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Underperforms With Highest Memorial Day Weekend in Years

1.“Solo: A Star Wars Story”Buena Vista$84,751,000
2.“Deadpool 2”Fox$43,450,000
3.“Avengers: Infinity War”Buena Vista$17,435,000
4.“Book Club”Paramount$10,075,000
5.“Life of the Party”Warner Bros/NewLine$5,335,000
6.“Breaking In”Universal$4,280,000
7“Show Dogs”Global Road$3,267,165
8.“Overboard”PNT$3,173,000
9.“A Quiet Place”Paramount$2,415,000
10.“RBG”Magnolia$1,260,303

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story” won the box office with the lowest opening for the franchise. The backstory for cinema’s favorite scruffy-looking nerfherder debuted with $84 million in domestic box office, and about $65M internationally. Without accounting for the Monday take on this holiday weekend, “Solo” earned $148M worldwide. This is lower than estimates, and lower than any previous “Star Wars” film. Which instantly led many to declare “Solo” a “bomb,” or otherwise some version of a flop.

However, it is important to note that Memorial Day Weekend is not the huge box office draw that it once was, or that it is still assumed to be. “Solo” had the highest Memorial Day weekend of any film since 2014 when “X-Men: Days of Future Past” earned $91M in the US. The last film to earn over $100M on Memorial Day Weekend was “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008. The numbers for “Solo” are disappointing, but not surprising, and only serve to prove that audiences won’t blindly flock to a film just because it has “Star Wars” in the title.

Be sure to read Clayton Davis’ review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” here.

Deadpool 2” saw a significant drop from its opening weekend, but still earned $43M. The X-Men trainee has taken in $219M in the US, and has a worldwide total just inches from $500M.

Avengers: Infinity War” is now less than $90M from hitting $2 Billion worldwide. The film added $17M to its US total, where it sits at $626M. After passing “The Avengers” this week, it is now the second highest grossing film in the MCU, some $70M behind “Black Panther.” World wide, however, “Infinity War” is solidly in first place for the highest grossing MCU film ever. It is currently $500M ahead of “The Avengers,” and has only been in theaters a few weeks.

The comedy “Book Club” finished in third place with $10M. There is no word on how much it cost to assemble a cast that includes Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenbergen, etc., but the film has earned around $35M so far. This is only reporting domestic ticket sales, as there is nothing from international markets.

Melissa McCarthy’s “Life of the Party” closes out the top 5 with another $5.3M. The comedy has earned $41M domestic and $5M internationally, for a total of about $46M worldwide. Budget numbers haven’t been disclosed on this either, so it’s hard to know if this is decent or not.

The rest of the top 10 is mostly the same as last week, just dropped down a spot to make room at the top. Sixth place was Gabrielle Union’s “Breaking In,” which now has about $39M worldwide. Seventh place was “Show Dogs,” which underwent some extra editing this week after parents complained about a few scenes that were determined to send a bad message to children. That film has earned just under $14M worldwide. The gender-swapped remake “Overboard” was in eighth this weekend, and has earned about $55M worldwide. Finishing in ninth was John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” which has earned around $312M worldwide since the beginning of April.

Jumping back up to the tenth spot was the documentary “RBG,” which focuses on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The film has earned over $6M since its release two weeks ago. It is the first major release out of Sundance 2018 and the highest grossing documentary of the year so far.

Next week’s releases include “Action Point,” “Adrift,” and “Upgrade.”

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