Weekend movie preview: ‘Solo’ to face bumpy second weekend

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Photo: Lucasfilm)

(KUTV) With no blockbuster releases on the calendar “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is likely to score the top spot in its second weekend, but the drop from its modest first weekend is expected to be above 60 percent. That translates into a second weekend around $30 million. This means “Solo” might not even reach the $150 million domestically until Monday. It will, however, hit the $250 million worldwide mark by Sunday.

Despite strong reviews, “Solo” looks like a rare misfire for Disney and will likely be the first live action film in the Star Wars franchise to not reach $1 billion worldwide. How this will impact the way Lucasfilm and Disney approach Star Wars and its spin offs in the future is anyone’s guess. I really wanted to see more films pick up where “Solo” left off.

Second place will go to “Deadpool 2,” a film that has already cleared $500 million worldwide, with $20-$25 million.

Other holdovers expected to post noteworthy totals include “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is expected to add a $11 million to its robust $1.9 billion total, and “Book Club” with $7 million boosting its domestic total to around $45 million.

New films opening this weekend include “Action Point,” a film that finds Johnny Knoxville starring as a man who opens his own theme park, “Upgrade,” a micro-budget action film about experimental computer chip implants, and “Adrift,” a romantic thriller starring Shailene Woodley and Cam Claflin as lovers lost at sea.

Of the new titles, “Adrift” is expected to have the biggest impact with a weekend in the range of $10-15 million. “Action Point” will have to settle with $5.5 million and “Upgrade” with $2.5 million.

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