'Solo: A Star Wars Story' box office disappoints

Calvin Saunders
May 28, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story was the first Star Wars movie to debut at Cannes since Revenge of the Sith! The underwhelming debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests as much over the Memorial Day weekend, per the Hollywood Reporter. The Marvel blockbuster is looking at a $16.9 million three-day estimate, along with a four-day number of $22.1 million.

With this start and anticipated films like "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" and Disney's own "Incredibles 2" coming in June, "Solo" might not even have the legs to reach the $657.9 million that "Justice League" made globally. For instance, Solo had a $3.3 million opening day in the second biggest market for American blockbusters in the world, almost two-thirds down from The Last Jedi's also anemic $9.7 million opening day.

There's something about the last minute reveal at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story that feels at once inevitable and surprising.

"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". But Disney may have also misfired in hiring a relative unknown rather than someone like Donald Glover, who already comes in with an established reputation.

"Solo" went into the weekend on a strong note.

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Solo was of course beset by high-profile production challenges, including the removal (read: firing) of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

One the one hand, that's not a huge dent to Solo's opening days in theaters.

After a brilliant sequence in which she liberates many other droids on Kessel while Han, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) steal coaxium fuel, she gets shot during the ensuing firefight.

On the surface, Solo is a decent enough adventure movie with some fun action sequences and a good line in comedy that mostly works. It also didn't hurt that "Infinity War" practically starred every character from the MCU.

But there was a glimmer of that same Star Wars hope, though not in the place you'd expect it.

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