Weekend Box Office (June 1 - 3, 2018)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND In a good news/bad news scenario, Disney's Solo remained number one for a second straight weekend but had the worst drop in the top 10 and is now easily going to be the worst grossing film in the Star Wars franchise. New films opened to middling-to-poor results while holdovers all held on fairly well.
Crashing and burning in its second weekend, Solo fell 65% to an estimated $29.3M bringing its total up to $148.9M. Only The Last Jedi had a bigger second weekend drop (67%) but that at least opened to $220M. Overseas Solo added only $30M bringing its international total to $115.3M with a worldwide total of $264.2M. It may not even crack $400M worldwide at this rate. Some people call it franchise fatigue, some people say the film simply wasn't that good. Either way, Disney better get on their game before Episode 9 debuts in December 2019.
Marvel's Deadpool 2 held on to second place slipping 46% in its third weekend to an estimated $23.3M bringing its total up to $254.6M. It's running about 10% behind the original which was up to $285M at the same point in its run. Overseas it added an additional $41.6M bringing its total internationally to $344M with a worldwide total of just under $600M.
Debuting in third place was the ocean thriller Adrift which opened to $11.5M, according to estimates, from 3,015 theaters for a per screen average of $3,818. Critics were on the positive side of mixed while audiences weren't impressed giving the film a B grade on CinemaScore.
In fourth place was Avengers: Infinity War which fell 40% to an estimated $10.4M in its sixth weekend, bringing its total up to a remarkable $642.8M. It currently sits at #6 on the all-time domestic chart and will likely end up in fourth place just behind stablemate Black Panther. Internationally the film has made $1.32B for a worldwide total of an astounding $1.96B. It'll soon become only the fourth film to hit $2B worldwide.
The ladies of Book Club had the best hold in the top 10 dropping only 32.5% in their third weekend to an estimated $6.8M bringing the total up to $47M on a budget of only about $10M. Can you say sequel? No, not you Solo.
A film I'd guess most people didn't know existed debuted at number six with Upgrade taking in an estimated $4.46M from 1,457 theaters for a per screen average of $3,060. It's the second biggest opening for studio BH Tilt behind only 2016's The Darkness ($4.9M).
Seventh place belonged to Life of the Party which added another $3.4M, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $46.3M after a month. And following closely behind as usual was Breaking In which added an estimated $2.8M bringing its total up to $41.3M.
There was a Johnny Knoxville sighting at number nine as his latest stunt-filled extravaganza stumbled its way to $2.3M from 2,032 theaters for a per screen average of $1,139. Critics and fans hated it as it garnered only a C+ rating on CinemaScore and we won't even discuss the Rotten Tomatoes score. OK, it's at 17% positive.
The comedy remake Overboard rounded out the top 10 adding an additional $2M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $45M after five weeks.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $96.3M which was down 46% from last year when Wonder Woman exploded at number one with $103.2M; and down 22% from 2016 when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuted in the top spot with $35.3M.
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This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: June 3, 2018 at 12:45PM ET
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