'Solo' opens soft over Memorial Day weekend
Solo: A Star Wars Story topped the box office over Memorial Day weekend, to the tune of $103 million over the four-day stretch. That’s an underwhelming opening for a Star Wars film—Rogue One, the franchise’s last standalone, opened to $155 million over a three-day weekend in 2016—which is perhaps due to some combination of franchise fatigue (The Last Jedi came out only a few months ago) and strong competition in the form of Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. Those films came in in the second and third spots, bringing in four-day grosses of $55 million and $21.2 million, respectively.
Holdover comedies Book Club (four-day $12.5 million) and Life of the Party (four-day $6.9 million) rounded out the top five.
The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to Warner Bros.’ 70mm re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which grossed $118,397 on four screens for a PTA of $29,599. New to theatres in limited release were Chinese romance How Long Will I Love U ($271,000 on 23 screens), The Gospel According to André ($60,400 on four screens), Summer 1993 ($27,500 on four screens), How to Talk to Girls at Parties ($16,688 on two screens), Who We Are Now ($7,100 on a single screen) and The Misandrists ($3,500 on a single screen).