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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Solo debuted at the top of the weekend with an estimated $83.1 million for the three-day portion of the Memorial Day holiday. (All figures reflect three-day box office). It was the sole new national opener but more than the Force contributed to the absence of a competitive counter-programmer. The long weekend was an overall improvement from 2017, but posted a double-digit decline from last weekend’s Deadpool 2 opening.

Best of new Indian imports was Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, with $171,000. Considerably more impressive were Filipino romance Kasal that wowed with a $243,000 debut and China’s How Long Will I Love U with $208,000, following $80 million on home turf in ten days of release. Among exclusive freshmen, doc The Gospel According to Andre (fashionista Talley) showed the best cut with $53,600 from six screens.

Revenues from the session generated roughly $180 million and ebbed back 16% from last weekend. It was still a 25% improvement from 2017 when the debut of the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean set sail with $63 million and Baywatch hit the beach with $18.5 million.

Tracking for Solo suggested a three-day launch of about $100 million and a holiday box office in the range of $125-$130 million. It appears that it will be a hard slog to reach a nine-figure return for the full Memorial Day session. In the current climate of boffo, the spin-off falls into the category “When $100 Million Isn’t Enough.” On the domestic front the film’s audience skewed 58% male with 64% of the audience 25-and older. The 17-35=year-old base accounted for 44% of viewers.

Internationally, Solo stepped out with an estimated $65 million gross, opening in all major territories save Japan. It had fierce competition from Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. Nonetheless it took top spot in such territories as the U.K., Germany, France and Australia, but not China, South Korea or Mexico. Its top-grossing territories included the U.K. with $10.3 million, South Korea grossing $10 million and Australia opening with $5 million.

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4