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

Eloise Marshall
May 28, 2018

Thanks to Disney, we now live in a golden age of new Star Wars movies and TV shows.

Disney and Lucasfilm's "Solo: A Star Wars Story", a prequel film about the origins of Han Solo, made an estimated $101 million domestically for its four-day weekend opening which includes the Monday holiday, according to Disney.

The Jedi Council crew have been covering Solo: A Star Wars Story since the film was announced, so you know Kristian and Ken are excited to finally able to discuss, dissect, and debate the actual film as opposed to trying to gleam insight from trailers, teasers, and clips.

Business isn't exactly booming for the galaxy's favorite space smuggler this Memorial Day weekend. "Memorial Day weekend needs to get its groove back after a multi-year downturn that ranked last year's frame at No. 18 all-time for the holiday and unfortunately marked the third straight year the industry did not deliver a $100 million four-day opener", said ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. It also marks the lowest debut for the modern Star Wars films.

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Internationally, it didn't fare much better with $65 million taken so far and puts it significantly less than Rogue One's opening weekend of $134 million.

On top of that, Disney would surely prefer a year-end launching pad going forward, rather than a summer bow. "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. From Solo's ending, it's also apparent that Lucasfilm had planned more installments in the story of the scruffy-looking scoundrel. The Collider crew got to see the movie before it was released in theaters and the film left them with some questions about what we saw in the film and where the film ended. Nevertheless, Disney has Episode IX on the calendar for December 20, 2019, and is mulling standalone movies about Boba Fett, Lando, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. 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.

Paramount's comedy Book Club, a flawless kind of counter-programming to the superheroes and space scoundrels in theaters, brought in $9.45 million and fell just 30% from its previous weekend. It's the only Star Wars movie of the Disney era not to receive an A. 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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