Solo: A Star Wars Story has disappointing $83.3 million three-day opening

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 28, 2018

For comparison, the three other Disney/Lucasfilm features, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, have all opened to $247.9 million, $155 million, and $220 million respectively at the domestic box office. The families that were expected to make this film challenge for the Memorial Day opening weekend record just aren't showing up as much as expected, and now "Solo" might not even finish with one of the top 5 highest openings for this holiday weekend. As it stands, the new Star Wars movie is expected to fall just short of that, with projections set between $130 million and $150 million. All of this is not necessarily a sign that "Star Wars" is in a long-term decline, but it's an even worse situation for "Solo" considering that the film cost over $250 million before marketing due to extensive reshoots following Ron Howard's much-publicized replacement director hire. However, for every Knights of the Old Republic and Rogue Squadron, there was an equally intriguing Star Wars game that never made it out of development.

The anemic returns mark a setback in Disney's efforts to exploit the "Star Wars" franchise created by George Lucas.

The dismal opening follows what has been an infamously troubled production that's generated negative industry buzz since summer 2017 when Lucasfilm chose to part ways with the original directors hired to film the movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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

While the original "Star Wars" films helped define the summer moviegoing experience, Disney released their previous three "Star Wars" films in December.

Whatever the studio decides to do with him from here, the decision to bring Darth Maul back is as exciting as it is unexpected, and is yet another reason to go check out Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters.

Alden Ehrenreich has been a total joy on the Solo: A Star Wars Story press circuit, and this great story about his first audition for Han Solo is no exception!

As it arrived in theaters, Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover, the star of TV's "Atlanta". "This is just the fourth movie and the first three did $4 billion combined". The Marvel crossover is looking at a four-day total of $20 million, putting its domestic total at around $625 million.

"It's the compressed timeframe between the two "Star Wars" films and the highly competitive nature of this marketplace". While no major releases dared to open against "Solo", Fox's "Deadpool 2" moved its release date up a week ahead of "Solo".

Yes, "Star Wars" fatigue is a thing. We have a "Thor" and a "Black Panther" and an "Infinity War" coming out in November and February and May and each are massively successful. Will Solo's underperformance have any impact on future Anthology movies?

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