By RYAN PAINTER, KUTV
Weekend box office - May 25-27, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - “<b>Solo: A Star Wars Story</b>” is off to a slow start, as the latest in the legendary franchise is poised to finish the weekend with $83 million and $101 million when you include Monday’s numbers. Early hopes had the film making $115 million in its first three days and a four-day total of $130 million.
No matter how you look at it, “Solo” has the worst opening weekend of any Star Wars film. Internationally the film added $65 million, but that number is likely to fall off quickly as the world turns its eyes to the World Cup.
“Solo” cost between $250-300 million to make, a total that was bloated by the decision to replace directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard after five months of shooting.
The silver lining, if you want to attempt being optimistic, is that CinemaScore has audiences giving the film an A-.
It’s a shame; I really loved the film and wanted to see more from these characters. Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll see of Qi’ra or Lando on the big screen.
“Deadpool 2” raked in $42.7 million, a 66-percent drop. Monday will add around $10 million for a domestic total between $215-$220 million. That’s $20 million behind the original film’s total to this point, but still a strong performance.
“<b>Avengers: Infinity War</b>” earned $16 million for the weekend and now has over $620 million domestically and $1.9 billion worldwide.
“Book Club” made $9.45 million, a fantastic hold as the film dropped just 30 percent. Monday should add an additional $2 million to push its domestic total to $32 million. Another modest win for Paramount Pictures.
Paramount Pictures' other success, a little film called “A Quiet Place,” is winding down its run, but its worldwide numbers have reached $311 million.