12:39pm PT by Pamela McClintock
Box Office: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Fading Fast, Eyes $28M-$29M Second Weekend
Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't finding much relief in its second weekend of play at the box office, where it may not clear $30 million for the Friday-Sunday stretch, according to early estimates.
Some box-office observers show the stand-alone entry in the Star Wars franchise grossing $28 million to $29 million for the weekend after earning $8.2 million on Friday. Solo opened over the long Memorial Day holiday frame to a disappointing $103 million for the four days and $84.4 million for the three days. It is badly trailing the previous three Star Wars movies and is an unexpected moment of reckoning for Disney and Lucasfilm.
At this pace, Solo looks likely to drop a steep 66 percent from its first weekend and will finish Sunday with a domestic total just shy of $150 million. Put another way, Solo has made less in its first 10 days than fellow stand-alone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collected in its debut ($155.1 million).
Solo, directed by Ron Howard, had hoped to clear at least $30 million or more in its second weekend domestically and $60 million or more globally. Rogue One earned $64 million domestically in its sophomore session after falling 59 percent from its opening session.
Still, Solo will easily win the frame in North America, where a trio of smaller films — Adrift, Upcharge and Action Point — enter the fray to mixed results on what's shaping up to be a ho-hum weekend in terms of moviegoing.
20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2, now in its third weekend, will come in at No. 2 with a projected $23.5 million (a drop of 46 percent), putting the movie's domestic total at $254.8 million through Sunday.
STX Entertainment and Lakeshore's Adrift, a lost-at-sea adventure, looks set to come in at No. 3 with an opening of $11.2 million from 3,015 theaters.
Adrift stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as two young lovers and veteran sailors who experience one of the worst hurricanes in recent history. In the aftermath of the storm, Woodley's character must use her smarts and strength to save both herself and her boyfriend when he is left badly injured.
Disney and Marvel's juggernaut Avengers: Infinity War should take in another $10 million in its sixth session for a mighty domestic total of $643 million, putting it at No. 4 for the weekend.
Upgrade, the latest offering from Blumhouse's BH Tilt alongside Goalpost Pictures and Automatic Entertainment, is looking at a sixth-place finish with a $4 million debut from 1,457 theaters. Directed by Leigh Whannel, the R-rated action-thriller is targeting younger men.
Set in the near future, Upgrade centers around a technophobe who is paralyzed in a freak mugging. Later, he is seemingly cured when implanted with an experimental chip. Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Simon Maiden and Benedict Hardie star.
Johnny Knoxville returns to the big screen this weekend in Action Point, an R-rated ensemble comedy from Paramount which appears to be DOA with a projected debut of $2.2 million from 2,032 cinemas. Directed by Tim Kirkby, the film also stars Chris Pontius, Dan Bakkedahl, Matt Schulze, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Johnny Pemberton, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Joshua Hoover, Conner McVicker and Eric Manaka.
In the pic, Knoxville plays D.C., the crackpot owner of a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.'s estranged teenage daughter, Boogie, comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point.
Action Point received a C+ CinemaScore. Adrift fared somewhat better with a B.
June 2, 7:15 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.