'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Stumbles With $103 Million Holiday Opening

‘Solo’ is really struggling at the box office

After almost a year of major speculation about the fate of Disney and Lucasfilm's latest standalone/spinoff film from that galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't so much come in for a smooth landing during its Memorial Day opening weekend at the box office as it skidded across the runway while losing its landing gear along the way.

The underwhelming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests as much over the Memorial Day weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter. This four-day number is even substantially lower than all previous Disney joints, with Rogue One taking in $155M, The Force Awakens taking in $248M, and The Last Jedi taking in $220M in their respective three-day opening weekends. Unfortunately, the movie's sales aren't even close to meeting that threshold. "Solo" grossed $65 million internationally in its opening weekend, including a paltry $10.1 million in China. Directed by Ron Howard, the films stars Alden Ehrenrich as Han Solo and tells the origin story of how this iconic character and also how he met Lando Calrissian and co-pilot Chewbacca. Earlier in May, Variety released an article stating that, due to its extensive reshoots, Solo was considered the most expensive Star Wars film ever with a budget estimated to be upwards of $250 million.

The top brass at Disney/Lucasfilm are pondering why Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't fly anywhere near as high as they expected in the USA and internationally, including Australia, last weekend. Domestically the film's total now sits at $621.7 million putting it in prime position to pass the first Avengers movie from 2012 in just a matter of days, but Marvel's Black Panther still has a comfortable lead on Infinity War domestically, standing tall at $698.5 million. From Solo's ending, it's also apparent that Lucasfilm had planned more installments in the story of the scruffy-looking scoundrel.

There was a time where we had three-year waits between Star Wars films (this was a good thing).

Every new "Star Wars" film brings an excitement that can be felt throughout the galaxy.

Howard was brought on board for the directing duties on Solo very late in the game. "It is summer, after all", said Dergarabedian.




Tonally and structurally, the film feels more like a throwback to A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back.

And the disappointing returns may give Lucasfilm pause with its aggressive strategy of mining all the Coaxium out of the franchise.

To come in well under projected box office returns can not and should not be understated.

Star Wars fans for years have been accustomed to the same blockbuster formula, a group of heroes fighting for freedom against not only tyranny but a dark force that enveloped everything it touched.

To say Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi had a polarizing effect on Star Wars fans would be an understatement.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

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