It’s Memorial Day weekend at the box office and Solo: A Star Wars Story is the solo new release as it looks to dominate the holiday charts. You can peruse my detailed prediction post on it here:
I believe Solo will manage to just top $150 million for the four-day frame and that would make it the largest Memorial Day opening of all time (topping the $139 million earned by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007).
The holiday weekend often means small declines for holdovers and I believe that will hold true such titles as Avengers: Infinity War, Book Club, and Life of the Party. That may not apply to Deadpool 2, which will certainly be in second place. The Ryan Reynolds sequel seems likely to lose over 50% of its opening crowd – perhaps even 55% or so.
And with that, my take on the weekend’s top five (keep in mind these are Friday to Monday estimates):
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Predicted Gross: $151.3 million
2. Deadpool 2
Predicted Gross: $55.2 million
3. Avengers: Infinity War
Predicted Gross: $22.5 million
4. Book Club
Predicted Gross: $11.7 million
5. Life of the Party
Predicted Gross: $5.3 million
Box Office Results (May 18-20)
Deadpool 2 easily dominated the weekend, but did so with a little less dollars than most projections include mine. The superhero sequel earned $125.5 million, under my $137.4 million prediction. That’s good for the second biggest R rated debut of all time behind… Deadpool from 2016. Considering its reported $110 million budget, that’s still a hefty haul even though many figured it might manage to just top the original.
Avengers: Infinity War dropped to second after three weeks at #1 with $29.4 million (in line with my $30.8 million projection) for $595 million overall.
Book Club experienced a nice debut in third with $13.5 million, ahead of my $10.3 million estimate. I look for this to have perhaps the smallest drop of any feature over Memorial Day.
Life of the Party was fourth with $7.6 million (I said $8.4 million) for $30 million total.
Breaking In rounded out the top five at $6.8 million (I said $7.2 million) for $29 million in its two weeks.
Finally, family feature Show Dogs failed to bring in its audience with just $6 million. I was higher at $7.9 million.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…