7:51am PT by Gregg Kilday
Box Office: 'Solo' Loses Altitude With $29.3M Second Weekend
Solo: A Star Wars Story, in its second weekend, continued to lose altitude. The space adventure from Disney and Lucasfilm attracted an estimated $29.3 million in North America, down 65 percent from the $84.7 million in claimed in its first three days. The film’s domestic tally currently stands at $148.9 million.
That puts the new film well below the $286 million that 2016’s Rogue One, the previous stand-alone Star Wars movie, captured by the end of its second weekend. Rogue One earned $64 million domestically in its sophomore session after falling 59 percent from its opening weekend.
Internationally, Solo picked up $30.3 million for the three days, for an overall global weekend of nearly $60 million that brings its worldwide total to date to $264.2 million.
Fox’s Deadpool 2 was the weekend’s No. 2 finisher at the North American box office as Ryan Reynolds’ skewed superhero tale took in an additional $23.3 million to bring its domestic haul to $254.7 million.
But the movie proved even more resilient abroad, where it grossed $41.6 million to top the international box office for the weekend. With the help of a $5.5 million, No. 1 opening in Japan, it moved ahead of Solo and its $30.3 million and Avengers: Infinity War and its $24.3 million. Deadpool 2 has now grossed $344 million internationally for a worldwide total of $598.6 million.
Of the weekend’s three new wide releases in North America, STX Entertainment and Lakeshore’s lost-at-sea adventure Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley, registered strongest, with the PG-13 movie opening to $11.2 million from 3,015 theaters for a third-place showing. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur and also starring Sam Clafin, the film, which was produced for $35 million and was shot mostly in Fiji, earned a B CinemaScore.
Upgrade, the latest genre offering from Blumhouse's BH Tilt, along with Goalpost Pictures and Automatic Entertainment, placed sixth with $4.5 million from 1,457 locations. Directed by Leigh Whannel and starring Logan Marshall-Green, the R-rated action thriller, aimed at younger men, concerns a technophobe, paralyzed in a freak accident, who is "upgraded" with an experimental chip. It is the second-highest opening for a BH Tilt title, following The Darkness, which opened to $4.9 million in 2016.
Paramount’s R-rated Action Point, a raucous comedy starring Johnny Knoxville as the owner of a low-rent amusement park, failed to amuse many moviegoers as it eked out just $2.3 million from 2,032 locations. Directed by Tim Kirkby, the pic, which slipped in at ninth place, had to settle for a C+ Cinemascore.
Elsewhere, Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War ranked fourth domestically with $10.4 million, as it collected $24.3 million internationally. The film — which has grossed $356 million in China — has reached a worldwide total of $1.965 billion as it nudges the $2 billion mark. Infinity War now stands as the No. 4 global release of all time and is the highest-grossing Marvel and superhero movie ever. It has the No. 3 spot in its sights, which is currently held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $2.068 billion.
Holding down the fifth spot domestically, Paramount's Book Club, with its quartet of seasoned actresses — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenbergen — hung in as it picked up another $6.8 million for a new domestic cume of $47.3 million.
In tenth place, Overboard, starring Anna Farris and Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, pocketed another $2 million, bringing the domestic purse to $45.5 million for the feature from MGM and Lionsgate's Pantelion Films, its Latino label. In the process, the comedy became Pantelion's top-grossing film, surpassing the $44.5 million grossed by 2013's Instructions Not Included.
On the specialty front, Bart Layton's R-rated heist movie American Animals was released on four screens in New York and Los Angeles by The Orchard in partnership with MoviePass Ventures and notched $140,633 for a promising per-screen average of $35,158.
FilmRise opened Simon Baker's surfer drama Breath on one screen, where it rang up $5,700.
Magnolia's RBG, the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, amassed $1.1 million in 432 theaters in its fifth weekend of release to become Magnolia's top-grossing film of all time.
And A24 saw Paul Schrader's First Reformed cross the $1 million mark as, in its third week of release, it expanded in 91 theaters, where the well-reviewed religious drama grossed $455,435 for the weekend.