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Box office: Solo expected to drop 66% in ticket sales during second week in theaters

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Jun 3, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story continues to dissapoint at the box office during its second week in theaters. According to sources like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the second Star Wars anthology movie is projected to make around $28-29 million, a 66% drop in its performance since last week. Still, this will nab the sci-fi western the top spot at the box office. 

If this continues, postulates Variety, the movie could fail to break $200 million in the entirety of its domestic run. Based on Box Office Mojo's numbers, Solo took in a meager $8.1 million on Friday for a current domestic total of $127 million and international total of $210 million.

For comparison, the first anthology project, Rogue One, was on course to break $300 million in its second week at the domestic box office in 2016. The Last Jedi, which bowed a mere six months before Solo, was almost at $400 million in its second week. Every Star Wars feature since The Force Awakens in 2015 has made more than $1 billion at the global box office, but Solo could sadly be the first one to break the trend.  

Solo's poor debut and continued underwhelming performance was a wake-up call for Disney/Lucasfilm. “We have a lot of work to do in trying to understand this,” Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis said last week. ”We are all over it and will spend a lot of time digging into why things happened the way they did in various markets. We have a year and a half before Episode IX comes out.”

Deadpool 2 will get second place this weekend with around $23.5 million. Unlike Solo, the Marvel sequel has made $237 million domestically and almost $530 million worldwide. Another Marvel title, Avengers: Ininity War, is still in the game more than a month after its theatrical release with an expected $10 million for third place. The major crossover film has already broken $1 billion globally, but it never hurts to keep raking in the dough, allowing it to pick up some of the slack for Solo.

And finally, Upgrade, a sci-fi action flick from Jason Blum's BH Tilt is set to take sixth place with $4 million during its debit weekend. Written and directed by Leigh Whanell (SawInsidious), the movie stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) as a paralyzed man, who gets a special spinal implant that turns him into a living weapon of death. While Upgrade won't make as much as Solo during its first weekend in theaters, the film's official Twitter account couldn't help bringing up the fact that it scored higher on Rotten Tomatoes than the latest Star Wars offering. 

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