'Solo: A Star Wars Story' struggles to take off in opening weekend

5 Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story

However, the film faced tough competition from Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, which took second and third place, respectively.

Contrary to most event pictures, Star Wars movies are not driven by offshore turnstiles.

Those who've seen "Solo: A Star Wars Story" will know that, although we didn't get to see the crooked colossal blobby fish, Jabba the Hutt is referenced a couple of times - in particular, right at the end of the film.

After almost a year of major speculation about the fate of Disney and Lucasfilm's latest standalone/spinoff film from that galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't so much come in for a smooth landing during its Memorial Day opening weekend at the box office as it skidded across the runway while losing its landing gear along the way.

In contrast, Solo opened only one week after Fox's Deadpool 2 bowed to $125.5 million domestically.

He also reveals that he did an ancestry DNA test, and it turns out that he - and therefore, Han Solo! - is actually part Irish! Analysts who spoke to TheWrap this past week said they expected "Solo" to finish its run with around $700-800 million worldwide, a reasonable total for a stand-alone anthology film and similar to some solo Marvel films like "Doctor Strange" and "Guardians of the Galaxy".

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And he said he was at the vigil because of his teacher, 29-year-old Jason Seaman: "He was very fearless and heroic". In a later Facebook post , the same woman said that Seaman was out of surgery and "doing well".


A key will be for Lucasfilm to rebuild that cool factor by the time Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019.

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

In fourth, with US$12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title - Book Club - that belies its racy story line.

There are no spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

On top of that, Disney would surely prefer a year-end launching pad going forward, rather than a summer bow. In the days ahead of release, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said a Lando movie is a possibility. "Duel of the Fates" is the best piece of music in Star Wars no matter what people might try to say. Given the huge cost of the film - the budget was rumoured to have doubled owing to expensive reshoots over almost 70% of the film by Ron Howard - there's likely to be some questions asked at the House Of Mouse over its underperformance. However, for every Knights of the Old Republic and Rogue Squadron, there was an equally intriguing Star Wars game that never made it out of development. The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi each pulled in less than 55% of their money from overseas.

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