Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" falls short of expectations in opening weekend

Solo: A Star Wars Story opened in China over the weekend with about US$10.1 million in box office sales, behind two films that weren't even premiering, according to Disney and Box Office Mojo.

Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

Solo also opened to disappointing weekend sales in the U.S. and Canada, a rare slip for a movie studio that has dominated the box office for nearly three years with serial-type adventures. Movie theaters, even on opening day, appeared closer on the solo side than packed. In early May, Solo was tracking to have an impressive domestic opening weekend of $170 million. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

Star Wars prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story released last weekend on 25 May, 2018 and the weekend numbers are out.

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"There's a ton of momentum in the box office", Dave Hollis, president of domestic distribution at Disney, said of the trio of recent openings - "Solo", "Avengers: Infinity War", and "Deadpool 2".

"Deadpool 2" should easily score the second slot, heading for a $42 million three-day sophomore frame and a four-day total of around $54 million. It was also the subject of a 1997 video game, with the critically derided Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi seeing the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and more go one-on-one in an underwhelming fighting game. While the movie wasn't as acclaimed as past Star Wars films (it received a 70 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, the lowest in the Star Wars franchise since the prequels), it ended up being a pleasant surprise for a large number of critics and fans. Initially, it was to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street - which was great news as those guys have an excellent track record. Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July past year, coming roughly seven months after release. Unlike any "Star Wars" release before, "Solo" was deemed - gasp - skippable.

What most hurt "Solo" was the "fatigue factor" of a May "Star Wars" film following a December one, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

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