Solo: A Star Wars Story makes $6.612m on debut weekend

The latest spin-off in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story, entered the weekend box office with $6.612m, making it the highest grossing film of the weekend.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, the film is centred around Hans Solo and his early adventures.

Compared to other spin-offs and Star Wars films in the franchise, Solo did not perform as well at the Australian box office or the US box office.

Last year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, entered the weekend box office and made history, earning more than $20m in its first weekend.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also made box office history, pulling in $14.757m on its first weekend in local theatres.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was also well behind the performance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $27m on its opening weekend and is currently the second-highest grossing film in Australian box office history.

But the film did manage to knock Deadpool 2 out of the top spot after just one week. Over the weekend, Deadpool 2 made a further $5.914m.

The other Marvel film in movie theatres, Avengers: Infinity War, added another $1.202m to its total earnings, helping the film to a new box office record. Avengers: Infinity War is now the third-highest box office film of all time in Australia, with $58.961m.

Stars Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar are the only two films above Avengers: Infinity War, with earnings of $94.034m and $115.632m respectively.

Coming in behind Avengers: Infinity War was Life Of The Party, with $592,644 in total earnings, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

The only other film to make more than $500,000 over the weekend was new film The Bookshop, which stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson. It is set in 1959 in a small town in England, where a woman decides to open a bookshop.

On its first weekend, it made $506,396.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney) $6,612,874 780 $6,612,874
Deadpool 2 (Fox) $5,914,414 556 $24,468,503
Avengers: Infinity War (Disney) $1,202,173 285 $58,961,633
Life Of The Party (Wb) $592,644 252 $4,289,834
The Bookshop (Transmission) $506,396 123 $537,498
Breath (Roadshow) $284,608 199 $3,511,562
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Studiocanal) $247,550 194 $5,953,514
Duck Duck Goose (Roadshow) $218,779 164 $221,201
How Long Will I Love You (Tangren) $192,150 19 $453,459
I Feel Pretty (Eone) $140,909 123 $9,115,826
Tully (Studiocanal) $102,255 136 $957,113
Quiet Place, A (Paramount) $88,072 76 $12,332,425
Aurore (Palace) $75,336 24 $467,481
Peter Rabbit (Sony) $69,128 102 $26,421,879
Warren Miller's Line Of Descent (Ice Edge) $59,330 5 $125,558
Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount) $58,720 120 $6,610,237
Chappaquiddick (Transmission) $57,245 66 $416,108
Raazi (Zee Studios) $45,728 14 $359,441
Gurrumul (Madman) $40,111 38 $637,262
Crooked House (Roadshow) $29,788 105 $520,689

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