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