Weekend box office: Solo and Deadpool stay on top

Just like last week, all of the talk around the box office numbers is about SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY not living up to expectations.  But like I wrote in the last weekend box office report, it still feels like no one is taking the Solo situation into consideration.  I get it; Star Wars has been a box office smash since 1977 and after 9 films, there’s finally a Star Wars film that isn’t living up to financial expectations.  So it’s fun to kick something when its down, but don’t get it twisted; Star Wars is here to stay and it’s almost a guarantee Disney won’t make the same release date mistake again.  Despite the under-performing, Solo did manage to take the top spot at the weekend box office, narrowly beating out DEADPOOL 2.  There wasn’t much competition, although the survival film ADRIFT managed a very respectable $12 million, which was enough for third place.

Next week sees the release of OCEAN’S 8, which sounds like a very cool idea but also sounds impossible to pull off properly.  The trailers make it look and feel just like the original Ocean’s films, but if it’s a straight copy, I’m not sure it will click.  But if it doesn’t acknowledge the first three and connect in a sensible way, it’s also not going to work.  Director Gary Ross definitely has his work cut out for him.  OCEAN’S 8 should easily take the top spot, but keep an eye on WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, which could do surprisingly well for a documentary.  Finally, there’s the horror film HEREDITARY opening up next weekend and although I generally try to give horror movies the benefit of the doubt, I don’t see HEREDITARY challenging for the top few spots.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Solo: A Star Wars Story $28.2m

2. Deadpool 2 $23.1m

3. Adrift $12m

4. Avengers: Infinity War $10.9m

5. Book Club $7m

6. Upgrade $4.3m

7. Life of the Party $3.5m

8. Breaking In $2.5m

9. Action Point $2.3m

10. Overboard $1.8m

(Deadline)

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