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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The correct spelling for Chewbacca's species is "W-O-O-K-I-E-E". Several Plugged In writers are spelling it incorrectly as "W-O-O-K-I-E".
Natasha Cover More than 1 year ago
Thank you!  It's nothing new, of course.  Reviewers and fans alike have been making that mistake for years.  What's fun is watching them try to figure out Kashyyyk, or Shyriiwook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expect there to be quite a lot of discussion about the Roseanne incident tomorrow. Whoo boy, is that fodder for Culture Clips or what?

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

A question to anyone who has seen Solo: does the song “I’m Han Solo” play during the credits? I’m not too interested in seeing Solo in theaters, but seriously, if that song plays in the movie, I will get off my seat and see that movie without delay!
Natasha Cover More than 1 year ago
Haven't made it to see Solo yet, but I'm hoping to in the next few days!  It looks fantastic and I've heard really good things from my other Star Wars-loving friends.  I'm incredibly excited to see more of Lando's backstory.  He was one of my favorite characters in the books, and Billy Dee Williams just oozed charisma in the original films.  Hoping this portrayal lives up to that!

I'm sure that some of the Show Dog drama will make it over to this blog post as well.  I'd like to add my two cents to the matter.
1. Plugged In staff is only human.  Humans make mistakes.  As Christians, we are called upon to love one another and to forgive one another.  I wish I could see a lot more of that attitude in the comments.
2. bobed is not Bob Hoose, and does not speak for him.  I've seen a number of people comment, horrified by bobed's responses and attitude and thinking that they were the thoughts of the Plugged In staff member.  An official statement about this might be wise.
3. I've seen a lot of comments saying something along the lines of "Have you even seen the movie?  If not, you should keep your opinion on this to yourself."  One reader in particular made almost this exact comment in response to any negative critique of Show Dogs.  My opinion is this: Have you been sexually abused?  I pray not.  Have you been a victim of child grooming?  Again, I pray not.  But I have.  I was molested by a trusted family member starting from the age of three.  Am I viewing the scene which has sparked so much controversy through a filter?  Absolutely, but then again, we all are.  I view it as someone who has undergone sexual grooming and was made to feel "okay" with my abuse because someone I trusted told me that everything was alright.  Others view the scene concerned for the safety of their children.  Still others think that everything is being overblown.  I would hope that the opinions of those who have actually undergone sexual grooming and been preyed upon would have the most importance in this issue, since we are the ones with firsthand experience of the horrors this scene can help to promote.
Even if that doesn't prove to be the case, I would like to see those coming from a background similar to mine shown more love, sympathy, and compassion in the comments.  And again...I'm not seeing much love in the responses.

A final thought, directed @Plugged In's staff - I sent you an email last week concerning the toxic environment which the comments section of your blog has become over the past several months, and the hope that you would address this matter in a future post.  I haven't received a response.  This issue has been weighing heavily upon me for some time, and has only grown worse with the outpouring of hatred and condemnation seen following any post concerning Show Dogs.  I'm sure you've all been very busy, but I feel that letting things continue the way they have been is only driving away readers.  Particularly, I am worried that it will drive away new Christians, or those struggling with their faith.  I'm also worried that some of the more vitriolic and/or hate-filled comments will tarnish the reputation of Plugged In's site; again, more than one reader has made the mistake of thinking that bobed and Bob Hoose are the same person.  I don't need a response to my email, but I hope you guys read it, and I hope the fears I mentioned here, and went into depth about in my email, get addressed at some point.

Thank you.

(Posting from my Google account because my laptop won't let me log into my Facebook through this site, but I'm the same Natasha Cover who's commented before.
Unless there's two Natasha Covers here.
In which case...sister!  Come find me!)
Holly B. More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for sharing, Natasha. We'll be responding to your email soon!
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Natasha Cover More than 1 year ago
If it was just him being examined, no muss, no fuss, then I would agree with you. But it isn't. The dog has been anthropormorphized, given a human voice and human feelings and reactions. He struggles with the examination and is told to go to his happy place. Is that something you would tell your dogs? Do your dogs speak? I accept that show dogs have their genitals examined by judges and see no issue with that. What I do take issue with is the fact that it was included in a kid's movie, and the way it was portrayed.
Everyone seems to have very black and white opinions about this. I have zero interest in entering into a debate, having already read numerous comments on other posts on this site. You believe as you like. However, there is a massive percentage of viewers and parents who view the scene the same way I do. You may not agree with it, but we are concerned with the message being sent to children, and the film company has ultimately agreed with us. Honestly, now that the scene has been edited out, I would love to see all the controversy die away. I simply commented to add the perspective of another victim of child grooming who recognized in the scene the same disturbed psychological manipulation which was inflicted upon me as a child. 
No one is saying that the dog was molested, which I believe refutes your point about it just being a dog. What I *am* saying is that kids viewing this at a formative age can later be convinced to just "go to your happy place" as they are abused. I hope that makes more sense to you, and hopefully helps you to understand why so many felt that this scene needed to be removed.
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
They should turn off anonymous commenting. That would fix a lot of it. =/
Natasha Cover More than 1 year ago
I agree, it would stop a lot, but there are several users who don't care about the veil of anonymity and comment under names.
Also, we've had differing opinions several times, but I always appreciate the way in which you present your thoughts, and how polite and respectful you are of others.  Thank you for that.  I always enjoy seeing your comments and hearing what you have to say.
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
(Replying to myself, since I can't reply directly to you.)

Natasha: I appreciate your politeness as well. I think there's room for civil discussion and disagreement among Christians... alas, I have not seen a lot of it of late in PI's commenting section, which makes me sad.

At least when someone comments under a username / their own name, you know who they are and can hold them somewhat accountable for their comments. When you allow anonymous comments, the same person can comment multiple times pretending to be different people. It's easy to cause trouble or "troll" a website. If no name is attached, there is no accountability, and I suspect PI doesn't log IP addresses in order to know where comments are coming from.

I didn't realize people were mistaking bobed for THE Bob who works with PI -- that casts all the negative comments into a FAR different light and I can see where the indignation is now coming from!!
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Natasha Cover More than 1 year ago
I'm curious as to what in my comment made you think that I was bashing the movie.  I have no issues with the rest of the film itself; it looked cute, albeit not high quality storytelling.  My only issue was with the one scene in question, which has since been removed.  As I mentioned, I hope that all the controversy dies away with the removal and the film can be viewed and enjoyed as an innocent children's story.
Also, I'm assuming that you're the same Anon who replied to me below, as that comment began with "And", implying that you were continuing on from this comment.  If that's the case, perhaps instead of telling a victim of a horrendous crime to just "go get some therapy" - how do you know I haven't already gone through immense quantities of therapy? - you could try to understand where I'm coming from.
"what kid could possibly see this movie and think it's okay for a stranger to touch them?"  The vast majority of rapists and molesters are known to their victims, unfortunately.  It makes the trauma so much worse.  "Remember Show Dogs?  Remember how Max went to his happy place?  Just do that!"
If you truly cannot see the issue, then I'm happy for you.  But, as I mentioned in my comment...I would hope that the outcry from people who have undergone childhood grooming and recognize the similarities found within this scene would serve as a voice of caution to those who have not.  Again, I've no interest in entering into a debate over this subject.  But I should mention that speaking out about something as horrific as sexual assault is already immensely traumatic, takes a lot of bravery, and is rarely done due to the lack of compassion found in the majority of responses.  I'd like to challenge you to think about that the next time you respond so callously.