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‘Solo’ Sputters With $83.3 Million Box Office Launch

‘Solo’ Sputters With $83.3 Million Box Office Launch

Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, a figure below even the opening weekends of the much-derided "Star Wars" prequels. Rogue One, the first Star Wars Story movie, opened internationally to the tune of $132 million in 2016.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" had one of the lowest openings ever in the franchise when it was released during last year's Memorial Day weekend.

"Solo" was partly hindered by less upbeat reviews than Disney's other "Star Wars" movies, with an average 71 percent approval on RottenTomatoes.com - the lowest score since "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" in 2002.

The Han Solo origin story, which stars Alden Ehrenrich in the titular role that Harrison Ford made famous in four previous Star Wars films, also had been besieged by bad press from the beginning of production. Domestically the film has now brought in $219.2 million, putting it on pace to pass Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie Logan ($226 million) by the middle of the week.

Business isn't exactly booming for the galaxy's favorite space smuggler this Memorial Day weekend.

While it's always inspiring to hear that a beloved actor is taking care of themself in their later years, Star Wars fans read into this tidbit of information to possibly mean something more exciting.




"Solo: A Star Wars Story" faced no new competition, but movie fans who weren't traveling also had the option to see 21st Century Fox Inc.'s "Deadpool 2", a Marvel superhero movie now in its second weekend, or the month-old Marvel hit "Avengers: Infinity War" from Disney. Things are looking even bleaker overseas: Hollywood Reporter reports that Solo bricked and debuted at No. 3 in China, earning a weak $10.1 million.

And the disappointing returns may give Lucasfilm pause with its aggressive strategy of mining all the Coaxium out of the franchise. In comparison, last weekend's Deadpool 2 grossed $125 million over three days on a $110 million budget... and that movie was rated R and not marketed to families.

According to EW, which supplied all of the box office figures, Solo cost around $250 million to produce.

The David Leitch-directed film stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. Disney's estimates point to $10.1 million.

A key will be for Lucasfilm to rebuild that cool factor by the time Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019. "Infinity War" added $16.5 million in its fifth weekend to bring its domestic total to $621.7 million and its global sales to $1.9 billion - both among the highest of all-time.