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“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of a new blockbuster competition. After a disappointing launch, the space saga has dropped from 65 percent in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

“Solo” has now earned $148.9 million in their own country, which is still shy of “Rogue” December 2016 opening weekend of $155.1 million and more than $135 million short of where the “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.

The 65 percent drop-off is one of the highest in the recent “Star Wars” history, but it is less steep than the second week drop of the franchise, the last film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which slipped to 67.5 percent in weekend two last December — but, that was also after a $220 million debut.

Internationally, “Solo” added $ 30.3 million, and in the world of the film has generated $264.2 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention for the “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could actually negatively affected its second-weekend revenue.

“Box office was equated with the observed value of the film, and that may have had an impact on its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes the news of the box office, the impact of a film’s bottom line.”

He noted that in comScore target audience of the survey, most of the more than 1,000 people questioned the “real” of the film.

“Solo’s” in the dryer brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theaters and still managed to roll over in an estimated $23.3 million on the second place. With a domestic total of $254.7 million and a busy market with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” all around the “Deadpool 2” is still only about $30 million behind where the first film was in the third weekend.

Shailene Woodley lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” was the best of the three newcomers, in which the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” “On the drift” of STX Entertainment, washed up on the third place with $11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a big impact.

“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($6.8 million), and “Action Point” which was not screened for critics, landed on the ninth place with a dismal $2.3 million.

This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, which Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” was the most successful film ever, with $7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, who scored a similar feat with “Overboard”, which is now up to € 45.5 million.

Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still 6.2 percent June kicks into gear with a number of big films on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” “the Incredibles 2” and “Jurassic World.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $29.3 million ($30.3 million international).

2. “Deadpool 2,” $23.3 million ($41.6 million international).

3. “Adrift,” $11.5 million.

4. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $10.4 million ($24.3 million international).

5. “Book Club,” $6.8 million ($1.1 million international).

6. “Upgrade” of $4.5 million.

7. “The life of the y,” $3.5 million.

8. “Breaking In” $2.8 million ($300,000 international).

9. “Action Point,” $2.3 million.

10. “Overboard” $2 million ($1.5 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Deadpool 2,” $41.6 million.

2. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $ 30.3 million.

3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $24.3 million.

4. “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s” Treasure Island,” $23.7 million.

5. “How Long Will I Love You,” $15.8 million.

6. “The believer” $9.2 million.

7. “Happy Little Submarine 20000 Leagues,” $8.9 million.

8. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $3.3 million.

9. “Truth or Dare,” $2.5 million.

10. “A Quiet Place,” $2.4 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp., Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including highland capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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