It looks like early estimates for up to $150 million domestic opening weekend for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” proved somewhat too rosy a projection.
“Solo” earned about $35.6 million through Friday, including $14.1 million from Thursday grosses. That’s the highest Thursday for a Memorial Day opener, but means the film is on track for just a $114 million domestic opening over the four-day weekend.
Sounds like a great number, but that’s considerably soft compared to the $156 million haul of “Rogue One” and the $220 million haul of “The Last Jedi”, both of which earned their openings over just three days. In fact it puts it at the fifth highest Memorial Day opener, behind “Fast and Furious 6” at $117M.
“Solo” isn’t the only one facing hardship though with “Deadpool 2” earning $12.1 million on its second Friday – a steep 77% drop. Estimates for the four day have it scoring $54.5 million – a 65% second-weekend drop which would be the one of the worst Memorial Day weekend second-weekend drops ever – behind only “Alien: Covenant” (70%) and 2014’s “Godzilla” (66%).