The newest entry into the Star Wars universe isn't reaching box office goals like its predecessors, despite coming in number one for the second week.
Studios were understandably lax on offering anything majorly new this weekend, anticipating the slate of blockbusters currently being showcased to dominate, especially Disney and LucasFilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story. But, now in its second weekend, the Han Solo origin film isn't making waves like other Star Wars films have in prior years.
The film, directed by Ron Howard, took in just over $29 million. It was enough to keep the top spot on the weekly box office charts, but it represents a slump of 65% from its opening weekend, which was already seen as a dismal start for the space flick. Deadpool 2, a film that released a week earlier than Solo, brought in almost as much, with $23 million.
The few new releases that happened to hit cinemas didn't offer much in terms of successful box office numbers. Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley, did the best business, earning $11.5 million. That was enough for a third place finish.
Upgrade, starring Tom Hardy, earned $4.46 million. And, Action Point, starring Johnny Knoxville, bombed with only $2.3 million. It opened to 2,032 theaters, meaning its dismal finish puts it on the list of worst openings ever for a film to release to over 2,000 screens.
As for triumphs, Lionsgate's Pantelion label has reason to celebrate as its Overboard has now become the highest grossing title for that label. Similarly, Magnolia's RBG earned enough this weekend to become that label's highest grossing film, as well. The documentary has now topped I Am Not Your Negro's box office cume,. I am Not Your Negro went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary.
American Animals released limited to New York and Los Angeles, bringing in $140,629.
This weekend sees the release of Ocean's 8, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Mindy Kaling, among others. It is expected to steal the box office crown on its way to becoming one of summer's highest earners. Though, there are a few pundits that have predicted it may fall short, becoming this summer's version of the lackluster box office Ghostbusters reboot. Hotel Artemis and Hereditary also open.
(bold marks new releases)
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story - $29.2 million
2. Deadpool 2, $23.3 million
3. Adrift - $11.5 million
4. Avengers: Infinity War - $10.3 million
5. Book Club - $6.8 million
6. Upgrade - $4.45 million
7. Life of the Party - $3.45 million
8. Breaking In - $2.8 million
9. Action Point - $2.3 million
10. Overboard - $1.97 million