Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ disappoints at the box office

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ disappoints at the box office

Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story has launched across the galaxy with the studio reporting a weekend estimated total of $83.3 million for the release domestically, factoring in the Memorial Day holiday Disney estimates have the film's domestic weekend gross at $101 million across the four days.

The underwhelming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests as much over the Memorial Day weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter.

The latest "Star Wars" film opened to what many analysts considered a disappointing total as it trailed previous opening weekends for films in the franchise. The company had to replace the original directors with Ron Howard. And as per Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, 70 percent of the final film was shot (and reshot) by Howard. Star Wars films were once enigmatic and rare events, but Solo is the second release in five months - following Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Our own Don Kaye was particularly unimpressed by a movie he deemed "relentlessly average." .

However, were does Solo rank in terms of every Star Wars movie ever?

"Solo" had the lowest opening weekend for a "Star Wars" movie since 2005's "Revenge of the Sith". So Star Wars fatigue could finally be settling in, but more generally it be hard for Disney to maintain audience enthusiasm for so many potential blockbusters in such a short span of time.

Be that as it may, Solo was always a tough sell. The standalone films, the latest of which being Solo: A Star Wars Story, are for the fans. Emilia Clarke, likewise, acts accordingly as Solo's love interest, but she's given little motivation or development. China, which has never shown interest in "Star Wars", went to go see "Avengers" again this weekend as receipts for "Solo" in the Middle Kingdom only amounted to $10.1 million.

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In the middle of last week, "Solo" was projected to earn between $130 million and $150 million on 4,381 screens. 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.

Taking second place this weekend is Fox's Deadpool 2, with an estimated three-day gross of $42.7 million ($53.5 million through Monday).

With Solo as the only new release of the weekend, the rest of the North American box office will be bolstered by a number of holdovers.

It's a lot to ask of Star Wars fans to maintain the same level of excitement across that many Parsecs.

Ehrenreich, however, is only one of many smaller problems that may have hurt the showing of Solo.

"The only method the company has for competing is offering more of its biggest properties; more Marvel, more 'Star Wars, '" Alexander wrote. If this trend continues Star Wars seems likely to remain a mostly Western fantasy....

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