Box Office May 25-27, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story premiered in the Number One spot at the box office over the weekend with $84.7 Million. For the four day, Memorial Day weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story made $103 Million. World-wide, the film has made $168 Million.
This is a good take at the box office but it is far below expectations. The reasons for this can any of many: the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the quality of Solo, releasing Solo while Avengers 3 and Deadpool 2 are still in theaters, etc.
Whatever the reason or reasons for Solo: A Star Wars’ performance at the box office may be, there are sure to be repercussions because of it at the Disney and LucasFilm. When the realignment happens, I hope Disney and LucasFilm address: the scripts for their upcoming films, their factory-like release schedule for what should be event films, the lack of quality risks in Star Wars story-telling, and many others areas.
Deadpool 2 was Second with $55 Million for $219.7 Million so far. World-wide, the film has made $449.4 Million.
Avengers: Infinity War was Third this weekend with $21.2 Million for $626,4 Million so far. World-wide, Avengers: Infinity War has made $1.9 Billion.
Book Club was Fourth at box office over the weekend with $12.5 Million. Life of the Party was Fifth with $6.9 Million.
Breaking In, Show Dogs, Overboard, A Quiet Place, and RBG rounded out the top ten respectively.
The films in the Top Ten that opened this weekend at the box office:
Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is a 2018 American space Western film based on the Star Wars character Han Solo. Directed by Ron Howard, it was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and is the second of the Star Wars anthology films following 2016’s Rogue One. A stand-alone installment set prior to the events of A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.
George Lucas began development on a young Han Solo film in 2012. Lucas commissioned Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay, and Kasdan was later joined by his son, Jonathan. Principal photography began in January 2017 at Pinewood Studios, under the direction of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The pair left the project in June 2017 after reportedly being fired over “creative differences” with Lucasfilm, and Howard took over directing duties. With an estimated budget of at least $250 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.
Next week sees the release of: Adrift, Action Point, Upgrade, and a plethora of other mainstream and independent films. Find my predictions on these releases in the weekly Now In-Theater column. A preview: Solo: A Star Wars Story will be Number One at the box office for the second week in a row.
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