Solo: A Star Wars Story is struggling mightily at the box office this weekend, bombing both across North America and around the world in an opening well below expectations for the Memorial Day Weekend. A year later, "Rogue One" debuted with $155 million, while the most recent installment prior to "Solo" - "The Last Jedi" - bowed just five months ago in December 2017 with $220 million. Things are looking even bleaker overseas: Hollywood Reporter reports that Solo bricked and debuted at No. 3 in China, earning a weak $10.1 million.
But tipping the odds in "Solo's" favor is the fact that it's part of a sci-fi franchise that has brought in roughly $9 billion at the worldwide box office, and arguably has the most loyal fan base in pop culture. "This is just the fourth movie and the first three did $4 billion combined".
Estimates for Solo: A Star Wars Story are continuing to fly low.
Cinema Blend lists Solo's box office tally from Thursday through Sunday at $83,325,000 and EW says its estimated earnings over the four-day holiday will fall somewhere in the $110 million range. The Merc With a Mouth may finish with $275-280 million, roughly $80 million less than the 2016 original made. Directed by Ron Howard, the films stars Alden Ehrenrich as Han Solo and tells the origin story of how this iconic character and also how he met Lando Calrissian and co-pilot Chewbacca.
It's likely few people were bothered that Ron Howard took over as the director mid-shoot with the abrupt departure of Chris Lord and Phil Miller, whose penchant for improvisation evidently didn't sit well with the franchise overlords.
As such the film's numbers are fairly ghastly considering that Solo was expected to gross at least $130 million by the industry over four-days and just barely hit $101 million in that time frame. 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. "Everyone acknowledged the risk of releasing another movie five months after Jedi". Those projections were adjusted down on Friday to $105 million to $115 million.
In this field, the "Solo" opening doesn't look so bad.
This is uncharted territory for Star Wars since Disney purchased the franchise.
Thanks to Howard's dedication and hard work, the buzz for the latest Star Wars Story is real. Especially since many grew up having to wait three years between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi to find out how Ford's Solo was going to escape after being frozen in Carbonite.