The newest Star Wars flick failed to reach the heights of its predecessors after a director change-up and possible blockbuster fatigue.
Disney/Lucasfilm released Solo: A Star Wars Story in hopes the newest iteration of the franchise's characters would spark a continued interest in the growing realm that is the Star Wars universe. Despite opening to over $84 million from Friday to Sunday, and topping the box office, it's a dismal start to a film that would have been a massive hit in other years.
Critics weren't as kind to the film as fanboys and general audiences. Even the nicest of reviews spoke to the uneven tone and all around lackluster appeal of the flick. Star Wars film releases used to be movie events, with long lines and sold out auditoriums. With Solo, the excitement seemed to wain from the beginning of marketing to its worldwide debut at the Cannes Film Festival.
Solo secured the top box office spot, moving Deadpool 2 to second place. The competition from Deadpool and Avengers: Infinity War, which is still earning good numbers, definitely hurt the end game for Solo. Plus, with only 5 months between Star Wars films, audience fatigue may have set it.
The next major live-action blockbuster release is set for June 22, with the openining of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Between now and then, Solo's number could increase for a decent haul. But, the reportedly $250 million filmmaking costs will need a major boost in audience numbers to make Disney any money.
Deadpool 2 earned an additional $42 million, enough for a second place. Avengers came in third with $17 million being added to its total. Its grand domestic total now sits at over $627 million. This places it as #6 on the list of all-time greatest box office performers, just ahead of 2012's The Avengers.
Fourth place went to Book Club, followed by Melissa MCcCarthy's Life of the Party.
Next week, Action Point, starring JOhnny KNoxville, and Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley, will hope to secure more surprsiing weekend finishes than SSolo.
Complete Top Ten:
(BOLD signifies a new release)
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story - $84.75 million
2. Deadpool 2 - $43.45 million
3. Avengers: Infinity War - $17.4 imillion
4. Book Club - $10 million
5. Life of the Party - $5.3 million
6. Breaking In - $4.2 million
7. Show Dogs - $3.2 million
8. Overboard - $3.1 million
9. A Quiet Place - $2.4 million
10. RBG - $1.2 million