'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Bombs Domestically With $83.3M Opening Weekend


The underwhelming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests as much over the Memorial Day weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter. It's now expected to bring in $114 million from 4,381 theaters domestically over the four-day weekend, down from the $130-150 million range it was tracking at. "Ant-Man" arrived to $57.2 million in initial ticket sales in 2015.

Its worldwide box office gross is really no better as it brought in a massively disappointing $65 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).

And that is for the four day holiday weekend. Internationally, Deadpool 2 brought in another $57 million across 27 markets, making its global total $279.7 million and putting its worldwide gross at $498.9 million after the Memorial Day holiday. One suspects we'll get clarification on that in the very near future. The Star Wars movies under Kennedy have become anti-fan friendly.

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A bigger cause for concern though for Disney is the growing sense of apathy and rejection of Star Wars properties in China. But at age 57, Morrison may not be a good fit if the movie told the story of a younger version of the character.

It will follow Rogue One and Solo as the third stand-alone Star Wars adventure to take place outside the main storyline of the franchise. It is summer, after all, " said Dergarabedian. "I think part of the allure of the Star Wars brand in the past has been the long wait".

Consider this your warning that we're going to spoil a plot point of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and then go into how it connects to Star Wars movies as recent as The Last Jedi. The film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson with Andy Garcia and Don Johnson. Book Club was written and directed by Bill Holderman. To right the ship on Episode 9, Lucasfilm has turned to an old friend: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.