Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings the second Star Wars film in six months to theaters to dominate Memorial Day Weekend.
After all the production woes, the second Star Wars spin-off is dropping into theaters. It arrives with possibly the least hype of any of the 10 films in the franchise, and despite not getting the horrible reviews that was feared, it hasn’t exactly whipped people into a frenzy. A lot of that can be attributed to it being released only six months after one of the most polarizing (if not THE most polarizing) entry in the Star Wars series: The Last Jedi. A lot of people are still processing that film negatively. Solo has never exactly been a film people have been wildly excited about. It never gained the enthusiasm of the Star Wars fan base, and it had so little time to be marketed after The Last Jedi, it hasn’t really ramped up a whole lot of interest among casual moviegoers. Unlike most Star Wars films, which have review embargoes up until 48 hours before release, Solo debuted at the Cannes Film Festival 10 days ago. Most reviews have been in for a week and Solo has settled at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing. It’s still Star Wars, so I think most fans will still go and make up their mind for themselves.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, PG-13, 2hr 15min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Deadpool 2 to unseat Avengers: Infinity War from its dominance at the box office. Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool sequel fell short of the domestic record for an R-Rated film, but Deadpool 2 opened better internationally than the 2016 original. When the receipts were counted, Deadpool 2 finished with $125.5 million. Avengers: Infinity War dropped to second place with $29.6 million.
After four weeks in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War’s totals stand at $601.381 million domestic and $1.841 billion global. Internationally, Avengers: Infinity War is 4th all-time, and domestically, Infinity War is #8 all-time. This week it became the 8th film in US history to pass $600 million in box office. It very well could pass both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers to jump to #6 by the end of Memorial Day Weekend.
(2018 Prediction Record: 20-0; Lifetime prediction record 105 – 10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Even the least anticipated Star Wars film of all-time is still going to crush an opening weekend. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how much Solo does over the Memorial Day Weekend, but there’s no way it won’t be able to knock Deadpool 2 out of the top spot.