Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, a figure below even the opening weekends of the much-derided "Star Wars" prequels. (By contrast, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story launched to $155 million in North America.) Deadpool 2 scored an estimated $53.5 million over four days, followed by Avengers: Infinity War ($20.1 million), Book Club ($12 million), and Life of the Party ($5 million), Variety reports. So what did Ron think of the movies disappointing opening weekend? But there were signs that the movie would not be a huge money maker like other "Star Wars" movies that have been released since Disney bought the franchise.
A key will be for Lucasfilm to rebuild that cool factor by the time Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019. Most box-office analysts say the main problem is the fact that Solo debuted just five months after Star: Wars: The Last Jedi hit the big screen, resulting in a clear-cut case of audience fatigue with the Star Wars extended universe.
If early estimates had come true, the Disney/Lucasfilm Han Solo movie could have surpassed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End for the best Memorial Day Weekend opening. 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.
So what do the returns for "Solo" mean for the franchise going forward? Internationally the film added another $32.5 million putting its global total at $1.9 billion, making it the highest grossing MCU film by almost $400 million.
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So yes, Solo is the lowest opening in the Star Wars franchise since Attack of the Clones grossed $80 million over three days in 2002. It's the only Star Wars movie of the Disney era not to receive an A. Additionally, Disney hired the creators of Game of Thrones for a new Star Wars film series, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is making his own new trilogy of saga films after JJ Abrams' Episode IX next year. That is a lifetime ago on the scale of box office inflation.
But by the end of day Friday, Disney hinted that the weekend wouldn't go according to plan as it drastically adjusted that projection to between $105 million and $115 million over the four-day weekend. Also, things are a lot easier when both movies close to one another are great.
Below you can see the full Top 10 box office report for the May 25-27 period in the USA and Canada, as relayed by EW.