Hi there. Yup, that’s me, still over here talking incessantly about how much I loved Solo. It’s a bit lonely over here but hey, I’ll take it. I even bought the YA prequel novel (it’s really good!) But alas, my lone evangelism for the movie has done nothing to stop the inevitable. Following that disappointing opening weekend and non-stop talk about how this is the end of the franchise - calm down, it isn’t - the film’s second week fell 65% to only $29.3m. Owie. So far, it’s domestic total is at about $150m for a $250m budget, and worldwide it’s sitting somewhere around $264m. So it’s made its budget back, at least. It’ll need to hit about $625m to break even. It’s not too late to go see it, you guys! I swear it’s great! Why would I lead you astray on this?
In fairness to Solo, it’s not like any other films did that great this week either. Deadpool 2 is holding on decently with a $23.3m weekend - only $6m less than Solo, so that’s where audience interests lie - and its domestic total is already more than double its budget.
The highest new entry of the week is Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley, which took in $11.5m from over 3000 theatres. For a budget of $35m, that’s not bad but with things the way they are at the box office - will we see a repeat of last Summer? - it may fall hard and fail to make its budget back. Upgrade opened at number 6 with $4.4m, so it follows in the proud Blumhouse tradition of making its budget back instantly. Reviews for this one have been very strong but even if they weren’t, a movie like this doesn’t need much to make it a safe bet. Once again, Blumhouse are showing the indie world how it’s done. The fact that they can now put their company name on the poster and have that be a calling card is a sign of how far they’ve come in such a short amount of time.
Crashing into the top 10 at number 9 is Action Point, a movie so bad that even ardent Jackass fan and Pajiba overlord Dustin didn’t like it. Audiences stayed away in droves too - $2.3m for a $19m budget. That hurts more than what happened to Johnny Knoxville’s urethra. Seriously, don’t Google it!
So you know that terrible remake of Overboard starring comedic goddess Anna Faris that you probably already forgot existed? Did you know it’s a big hit? It’s made $71.9m worldwide from a $12m budget and it’s become the highest grossing film in the history of its production company, Pantelion Films, who make movies primarily for Latino audiences. The documentary RBG also broke records for its distributor, Magnolia Pictures, as its $7.87m domestic gross is a new peak.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Seriously, is there anyone out there who wants to geek out about Solo with me? What’s your favourite Jackass stunt? Did you forget there was an Overboard remake? Answers in the comments.