Friday Box Office: ‘Solo’ Flies into First Place, But It’s a Tame ‘Star Wars’ Debut

     May 26, 2018

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is on track to easily take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the latest Lucasfilm offering might not have the juice Hollywood has come to expect from a Star Wars film. Solo earned an estimated $35.6 million on Friday, including $14.1 million from the record-breaking Thursday grosses, which puts the film on track for a predicted weekend tally around $114 million. Early predictions put solo on track for an opening in the higher $130-150 million range, closer to the numbers for the first Star Wars standalone Rogue One, but should the current predictions hold, Solo would become the fifth-highest Memorial Day opening of all time.

Directed by Ron HowardSolo introduces Alden Ehrenreich as the young space scoundrel, alongside Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as young Chewbacca. Lucasfilm’s first anthology film Rogue One opened with $155 million in December 2016, but it didn’t face nearly as fierce of competition that Solo does (Deadpool 2 just came out last week, and Infinity War is still holding strong). Solo also arrives just five months after The Last Jedi, compared to the full year between Rogue One and The Force Awakens.

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Last week’s champ, Deadpool 2, is on track to take the No. 2 spot and pulled in an estimated $12 million on Friday from 4,349 theaters, bringing the film’s two-week domestic gross to $176.8 million. The sequel sees the return of Ryan Reynolds‘ sassy, murderous mutant alongside newcomers Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino. The film arrived in theaters last weekend to the tune of $125.5 million, and should projections hold, Deadpool 2 is on track to pass $220 million domestic over the holiday weekend.

Coming in third at the Friday box office, Avengers: Infinity War seemingly can’t be stopped. Marvel’s record-shattering superhero epic is still commanding strong business in its fourth week with an estimated $4.2 million on Friday night, and is on track to hold on to the No. 3 spot for the weekend. Joe and Anthony Russo‘s high-stakes sequel crossed $600 million domestic earlier in the week, and is looking to finish the weekend around $625 million with another projected $21 million from 3,768 theaters. Worldwide, the film is inching towards a staggering $2 billion cume.

Paramount’s Book Club is slated to land in fourth for the weekend, earning an estimated $2.7 million from 2,810 screens for a projected $12 million over the holiday weekend. The comedy stars Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candace Bergen, and Diane Keaton, and opened to healthy $22 million in its first week.

Fifth at the Friday box office is Warner Bros.’ Life of the Party, which earned another $1.3 million from 2,937 sites in its third frame. The Mother’s Day opener stars Melissa McCarthy as a divorced mom who goes back to school at her daughter’s college, and earned more than $33 million in its first two weeks.

Rank Title Weekend Total
1. Solo $35,631,000 $35,631,000
2. Deadpool 2 $12,100,000 $176,807,352
3. Avengers: Infinity War $4,255,000 $609,449,638
4. Book Club $2,715,000 $25,099,516
5. Life of the Party $1,360,000 $35,347,348

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