Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

James Mangold To Write and Direct Boba Fett Anthology Film

James Mangold To Write and Direct Boba Fett Anthology Film

After debuting with $125 million last weekend, the R-rated Ryan Reynolds sequel dropped 66 percent to second place with $42.7 million and an estimated $53.5 million four-day haul.

Tracking earlier this week suggested "Solo" would lift off with $130 million to $150 million. Meanwhile overseas, Solo barely made an abysmal $10 million.

The news is far worse internationally, with the film falling well short of estimates to bring in just $65 million after "Solo" was predicted to earn $148 million in worldwide markets.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard, who took over for the original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, after they were let go with just a few weeks left of filming due to creative differences with Lucasfilm. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

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The Memorial Day weekend, which has in recent years struggled to get audiences to leave their BBQs and head to the movies, could have also played a factor. One suspects we'll get clarification on that in the very near future. 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.

You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below. Would you rather have a Lando movie?

Proving all the industry insider remarks about Han Solo being a big mess correct, what should have been an easy "win" for Disney featuring one of the most popular Star Wars characters of all time, Han Solo is coming off as a major embarrassment and flop for Disney. Disney turned the Star Wars franchise into a money-making machine after it purchased Lucasfilm, and it's all but certain that Star Wars films won't end once the current trilogy comes to a halt. The first film in this new series was Rogue One. That's plenty of breathing space. "Solo" is also not only looking like it will have the lowest opening for a Disney "Star Wars" film, but will also fall lower than the prequels.

There have been rumors floating around about where 2019's much anticipated Star Wars Celebration would be, but the official Twitter account has announced that this year it'll be in Chicago! He, too, is replacing a fired director after Colin Trevorrow departed last fall. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

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