Solo Stumbles With $103M Four-Day Memorial Day Opening Weekend

29 May, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Despite finishing atop the Memorial Day weekend box office, the latest entry to the "Star Wars" canon from Disney and Lucasfilm, Solo: A Star Wars Story, failed to break the $100 million plateau, managing just $83.3 million.

Going with this trend, Disney anticipated that Solo would mint around $101 million by the end of its four day long weekend. In fact, "Solo" is now forecast for a four day holiday weekend of $105 million to $115 million domestically. "Solo" is another attempt at that, but it made $35.6 million on Friday, about half of what "Rogue One" brought in on its opening day.

The 64-year-old filmmaker took over as director of the spin-off - which centres on the life of a young Han Solo before he teams up with Luke Skywalker in the main series - when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go of over a disagreement and, although he was nervous about taking on such a big role, he saw it as a challenge. The budget soared past $250 million. Personally, I enjoyed it more than any of the other recently released Star Wars films, but maybe the overall fandom isn't into it. Solo now has an A- on Cinema Score and a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

20th Century Fox's superhero film "Deadpool 2" came in second with an estimated 42.7 million dollars in it second weekend, pushing its North American cume to 207.4 million dollars through Sunday. "Rogue One", Disney's other "Star Wars" spinoff that was coming off the huge success of "The Force Awakens", made $290 million globally for its debut in December of 2016.

What did you catch in theaters this weekend? Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.

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It's a cool moment in the movie, but I walked out of the theater wishing it somehow tied into the Star Wars canon we had seen before. Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July a year ago, coming roughly seven months after release. That said, there are a couple of scenes toward the end of Solo that feel like they serve the same objective in the film-one pays off a loose end from earlier in the movie, and another sets up potential entries in the franchise's future with these characters.

"It's the compressed timeframe between the two "Star Wars" films and the highly competitive nature of this marketplace".

"The franchise will be fine", Dergarabedian said.

Even as Disney has perfected the art of the credits scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they've somehow resisted shoehorning them into Star Wars.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

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