At Top of Charts, Solo Stands Alone


Perhaps we can expect three sure things in life: death, taxes, and anytime a Star Wars movie lands in theaters, it’ll hit No. 1.

But some things are more sure than others.

Solo: A Star Wars Story indeed shot to the top of the box office over Memorial Day weekend, just as everyone expected. It made a lot of money, too: $83.3 million projected over the standard three-day weekend, and about $103 million if you lump in Memorial Day. That’s a pretty big win, Han’s down.

But though that’s a lot more than you or I will ever make in a single weekend (except you, naturally, Mr. Warren Buffett), it’s not all that much for a Star Wars movie. After all, The Last Jedi made $220 million during its opening weekend just five months ago, and Rogue One—the last Star Wars flick not to be part of its core trilogy of trilogies—collected $155.1 million during its first frame in 2016.

So, what to make of Solo? Is it possible that it was released just too soon after The Last Jedi? Could it be that all the superheroes in theaters—Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2—siphoned off business? Do we moviegoers have a grudge against wookies? Time will tell.

Speaking of Deadpool 2, the Merc with the Mouth slipped to second this week, clutching another $43.5 million (over the three-day weekend) on its way. While Deadpool 2 lost about two-thirds of its weekend-over-weekend audience, it has still collected $219.7 million. Some trailers that suggest otherwise, but it sure feels as if Deadpool 3 is on its way. And perhaps maybe a Negasonic Teenage Warhead: A Deadpool Story sequel, too.

Speaking of superhero sequels, Avengers: Infinity War continues to make money hand over-infinity-gauntleted fist. Infinity War earned another $17.4 million this weekend, and it’s now pocketed about $626.4 million in North America. It also sprinted past its forebear, The Avengers, on the all-time earnings list, putting it at No. 6 overall and making it the second biggest superhero movie of all-time. Seems unlikely that Infinity War will catch Black Panther’s domestic take of $698.7 million for the honors, though. T’Challa’s place in the record book seems secure … for now.

Speaking of books, Book Club paged another $10.1 million to finish fourth, showing signs of life in its second week. Oh, and speaking of life, Life of the Party collected $5.3 million to close out the top five.

We haven’t spoken of dogs at all, but it’s worth mentioning that Show Dogs, again, had a ruff weekend. Despite its makers hastily re-editing (somewhat, see our re-review here) the thing to assuage its critics, the film fetched just $3.3 million in its second frame. That made it seventh-best-in-show.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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