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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
Crazy Rich Asians 7.2 3384 NEW 16
The Meg 5.8 4118 -64% 68.4
Mile 22 5.2 3520 NEW 5.2
Alpha 3.3 2719 NEW 3.3
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 3 3482 -44% 173.2
Christopher Robin 2.6 3602 -29% 60.6
BlacKKKlansman 2 1788 -45% 18
Slender Man 1.4 2358 -71% 17.2
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 1 2270 -41% 108.8
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 1 2187 -32% 151.2
Also Debuting
Geetha Govindam 0.27 181
Gold 0.13 194
Kolamavu Kokila 49,000 54
The Wife 32,900 4
Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns 27,900 31
Satyameva Jayate 27,000 43
Les As de la jungle 21,800 37
We the Animals 20,300 3
Europe Raiders 19,800 37
Juliet, Naked 19,400 4
Blaze 8,900 2
Down a Dark Hall 3,450 14
Memoir of War 3,200 2
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich 2,700 16
Minding the Gap 2,600 4
A Whale of a Tale 1,900 1
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