“Solo: A Star Wars Story” top at North American theaters

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

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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 installment 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.

The movie stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin in the true-life story of a young couple whose sailboat is slammed by a hurricane in mid-ocean, leaving Claflin badly injured, the boat in ruins and Woodley having to find the way back without navigation or communication tools.

In its sixth week out, Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” took $10.6 million for fourth place.

The film, starring Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Scarlett Johansson, has grossed $643 million domestically and is the fourth biggest global release of all time, with $1.97 billion.

In fifth place domestically was Paramount’s rom-com “Book Club,” which made $7 million.

AFP

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