Star Wars is back at the box-office with the franchise’s second spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. The new Star Wars installment is already breaking records on opening weekend but it will fall short of topping other films within the franchise. While Solo is currently ruling the charts this weekend, the film will have to battle several thrillers and a new Disney animated-comedy over the next few weeks.
Over the traditional opening weekend “Solo: A Star Wars Story” brought in an estimated $83.3M across 4,381 locations nationwide. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was directed by Ron Howard, the film features Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Thandie Newton, Woodey Harrelson, and Donald Glover.
To put the film’s opening in perspective, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” had a $155M opening weekend and the first spinoff grossed over $1.05B worldwide. The highest grossing film in the Star Wars franchise is currently “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which had a $220M domestic debut and a $1.3B worldwide box-office gross. As for the Memorial Day weekend as a whole, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” did top $14.1M from Thursday evening previews which beat “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” record of $13.2M. Disney’s pirate film still holds the record for the entire Memorial Day four-day weekend ($139.8M) and that’s the number Solo is hoping to reach by tomorrow night.
The new Star Wars film pushed “Deadpool 2” down to second-place overall on the domestic charts, the FOX/Marvel installment brought in $42.7M this weekend while remaining in 4,349 locations. The new Deadpool film has made over $207M domestically since the film released last weekend. “Deadpool 2” was directed by David Leitch, the film stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, and Morena Baccarin.
Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” landed in third-place on the charts this week, bringing in over $16M across 3,768 locations. The latest Avengers film has now grossed over $621M domestically since the film hit theaters five-weeks ago. “Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film features Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Linda Cardellini, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Cobie Smulders, Bradley Cooper, Peter Dinklage, Jeremy Renner, Angela Bassett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, and Don Cheadle.
Paramount Pictures’ “Book Club” dropped to fourth-place on the domestic-charts, the film grossed over $9.4M across 2,810 locations this weekend, raising the film’s two-week total to almost $32M domestically. “Book Club” was directed by Bill Holderman and the film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.
The Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Life of the Party” dropped to fifth-place this weekend. The rare dud from Melissa McCarthy only brought-in $5M this weekend across 2,937 locations. The weekend gross was enough to raise the film’s three-week total to just over $39M. “Life of the Party” was directed by Ben Falcone, the comedy stars Debby Ryan, Melissa McCarthy, and Gillian Jacobs.
Next weekend “Solo” will have to defend its title against “Action Point” and “Adrift“. While those two films may not provide too hard a challenge for a Star Wars installment, the following weekend is the release of the thriller “Hereditary,” the crime-drama “Hotel Artemis,” and the crime-drama “Ocean’s 8“. All bets are off the weekend after that because Disney’s “Incredibles 2” is set to release nationwide.