Solo: A Star Wars Story nosedives second weekend at the US box office

2018-06-04 10:31

Los Angeles — Solo: A Star Wars Story is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65% in weekend two with $29.3m from North American theatres, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Solo has now earned $148.9m domestically, which is still shy of Rogue One's December 2016 opening weekend of $155.1m and over $135m short of where Rogue One was in its second weekend.

The 65% drop off is one of the highest in recent Star Wars history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise's last film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which slid 67.5% in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $220m debut.

Internationally, Solo added $30.3m, and globally the film has netted $264.2m.

Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to Solo's less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.

"Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend," Dergarabedian said. "Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie's bottom line."

He noted that in comScore's audience survey, most of the over 1 000 people polled "really liked" the movie.

Solo's tumble brought it even closer to Deadpool 2, which is now in its third weekend in theatres and still managed to reel in an estimated $23.3m to take second place. With a domestic total of $254.7m and a crowded marketplace with both Solo and Avengers: Infinity War surrounding it, Deadpool 2 is still only about $30m behind where the first film was in its third weekend.

Shailene Woodley's lost-at-sea drama Adrift fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic Upgrade and a Johnny Knoxville comedy Action Point. Adrift, from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $11.5m, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.

Upgrade opened in sixth place with $4.5m, behind both Avengers: Infinity War ($10.4m) and Book Club ($6.8m), and Action Point, which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $2.3m.

This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary

This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG became its highest grossing film ever with $7.9m, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with Overboard, which is now up to $45.5m.

Even with

Even with Solo's stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2% as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including Ocean's 8, Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World.

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