Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Disappoints At Box Office

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Disappoints At Box Office

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.

As it stands, Han Solo looks to debut to a dismal $83 million for its three day weekend and may barely crack $100-101 million for the four day Memorial Day weekend.

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo, and Joonas Suotamo is under all that fur as Chewbacca in "Solo: A Star Wars Story". It stands the greatest chance of besting Rogue One's opening weekend at $155 million.

With this start and anticipated films like "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and Disney's own "Incredibles 2" coming in June, "Solo" might not even have the legs to reach the $657.9 million that "Justice League" made globally. The next one is Episode IX in December 2019, while Disney is also reportedly planning standalone films for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, and Boba Fett.

Early estimates placed the second Star Wars spinoff at somewhere in the region of $114 million in the U.S., however Variety is now reporting that its take over the past three days is at $84 million with a four-day total expected at $101 million. That is also at a budget far less than Solo, which after reshoots is speculated to be at $250 million (although some have claimed without sourcing it is upwards of $300 million). Solo, which had the widest opening for a Star Wars movie yet, had a per-screen average attendance of only 2,100. Fans were excited to see a director who embraced everything they loved about Star Wars, not try to change it. For instance, Solo had a $3.3 million opening day in the second biggest market for American blockbusters in the world, almost two-thirds down from The Last Jedi's also anemic $9.7 million opening day.

Yes, "Star Wars" fatigue is a thing.

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If "Solo" was a better movie, this would all be moot. The Force Awakens was about 6.8 million, The Last Jedi was about 5 million, and even Rogue One was drawing those immediate moviegoers to the tune of about 3.4 million.

Anyway, at least there's the foreign box office, right?

But by the end of day Friday, Disney hinted that the weekend wouldn't go according to plan as it drastically adjusted that projection to between $105 million and $115 million over the four-day weekend.

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

You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

All non-forecast box office data via Box Office Mojo.

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