Print Edition - 2018-06-06  |  Life & Style

Solo running on empty


Jun 6, 2018-

Solo: A Star Wars Story clung to the top spot in North American theatres but again fell below expectations, taking in $29.4 million, just over a third its opening-weekend receipts, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

That left the movie well behind two recent predecessors in the popular sci-fi franchise: 2016’s Rogue One made $64 million in its second weekend while last year’s The Last Jedi did even better, at $72 million.

Some film analysts blame Star Wars fatigue. Even by the standards of today’s sequel/prequel-heavy Hollywood, the franchise from Disney-owned Lucasfilm has been prolific. Starring Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the swashbuckling space pilot, Solo has amassed a cumulative global total of $264 million, pushing it into 15th place for 2018.

A strong second with $23.2 million was Fox’s Deadpool 2, the 11th instalment in the X-Men series, starring Ryan Reynolds as the fast-talking Merc with the Mouth. In third spot was a new release, Adrift from STX Films, at $11.6 million. In its sixth week out, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War took $10.6 million for fourth place.

Published: 06-06-2018 07:33

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