Han Solo’s origin story may have held onto first place at the box office this weekend. But it got a little (ahem) Chewied up in the process.
Solo: A Star Wars Story clung to No. 1, stowing an estimated $29.3 million in the Millennium Falcon’s secret storage compartments. But while that might be just enough to pay off his future debts to Jabba the Hut, it probably wasn’t enough to please Mickey the Mouse. Disney, which now owns the Star Wars franchise, was hoping Solo to earn enough to cover Cloud City in galactic credits. But while Solo has earned $148.9 million in its North American run already, the galactic ruffian has come up way short of expectations, and any future Solo-centric franchise might find itself frozen in carbonite.
Deadpool 2, whose titular character is notoriously tough to kill, has proven to be fairly bulletproof in its own right. The R-rated superhero flick spent a second straight weekend at No. 2, earning $23.3 million. The flick has now earned $254.7 million in less than three weeks, making it the year’s third highest-grossing film.
Deadpool’s success, by the way, cements 2018 as being especially kind to superheroes (at least at the box office). The top three flicks are all Marvel properties: Black Panther leads the way with $699.1 million, with Avengers: Infinity War in second with $642.9 million. Oh, and Infinity War continues to add a bit o’ cash every weekend. It finished fourth this weekend with $10.4 million, just behind third-place newcomer Adrift ($11.5 million).
Book Club closed out the top five with a $6.8-million weekend.
Book Club’s performance helped lock a couple of other newcomers outside the top five. Upgrade finished sixth with $4.5 million, which felt just fine for a movie not many folks expected much from. The same cannot be said for Action Point. Jacka– star Johnny Knoxville’s latest salacious, stupid-stunt-driven cinematic effort banked just $2.3 million, despite playing in more than 2,000 theaters. That puts the flick on Box Office Mojo’s rather dubious list of the worst wide openings ever (at No. 23). For Knoxville right now, all the action is pointing straight down.