'Solo: A Star Wars Story' plummets to $29m second weekend

Disney and Lucas film’s latest brought in $29.3 million from 4,381 locations over the three-day period.

The poster for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'. Picture: starwars.com

LOS ANGELES - Solo: A Star Wars Story continues to falter at the box office.

Disney and Lucas film’s latest brought in $29.3 million from 4,381 locations over the three-day period. With a 65% decline from its $84 million three-day launch, Solo’s second weekend fell short of its predecessors. The first _Star Wars _anthology film, Rogue One, made $64 million in its second weekend in 2016, while 2017’s _The Last Jedi _earned $71 million in its sophomore weekend.

Its second-weekend total brings _Solo’s _domestic tally to $149.5 million. Solo made $60 million this weekend, including $30.3 million overseas. Its cumulative total is now $264 million. The Han Solo origin story earned a disappointing $103 million in North America over its four-day holiday opening weekend and stalled out with $68.2 million overseas.

While that was enough to win Solo the weekend, the third frame of Deadpool 2 didn’t fall too far behind. The 20th Century Fox tentpole continued to fend off the competition, landing in second place with $23.8 million from 4,161 screens. To date, the Ryan Reynolds-led sequel has made $255 million in North America.

Meanwhile, Adrift was able to narrowly edge out Avengers: Infinity War for third place. STX’s Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, anchored in $11.5 million when it expanded to 3,015 locations this weekend. The drama is currently averaging a 71 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a B CinemaScore.

Infinity War secured $10.5 million from 3,570 screens during its sixth outing, bringing its domestic tally up to $643 million. Internationally, the Marvel and Disney film brought in another $24.3 million this weekend. That brings its worldwide tally up to $1.96 billion.

Book Club rounded out the top five, earning $6.6 million from 3,169 screens during its third weekend. Paramount Pictures’ comedy starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen has made $47 million at the North American box office.

BH Tilt’s “Upgrade” debuted on par with estimates. The R-rated thriller bowed with $4.5 million on 1,457 screens. It currently boasts an 85 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 91 percent audience rating.

The final wide release of the weekend was Johnny Knoxville’s Action Point, which landed with $2.2 million in 2,032 locations. The comedy is not faring well critically either, holding a 17 percent Rotten Tomatoes average and C+ CinemaScore.

At the speciality box office, RBG — the documentary centred on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — had another strong weekend with a haul of $1.1 million in 432 locations. With its domestic tally at $7.8 million, _RBG _surpassed I Am Not Your Negro ($7.1 million) to become Magnolia’s highest grossing film.

Elsewhere, MoviePass co-opened its first feature with Orchard. Bart Layton’s _American Animals _premiered with $140,633 on just four locations for a strong per screen average of $35,158.

The year-to-date box office is up 6.2%, crossing $5 billion in 2018, according to comScore. The same weekend last year, Wonder Woman launched with $103 million and went on to become the top grossing film of the summer at the domestic box office.