It's a cool moment in the movie, but I walked out of the theater wishing it somehow tied into the Star Wars canon we had seen before. For context, the last major Memorial Day new release hit was X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014, which grossed $90 million in three days and $110.6 million over the full four days.
The $168 million worldwide debut is an especially poor showing when you consider that "Solo" - which required extensive reshoots after director Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller - had a reported production cost of about $300 million, according to Box Office Mojo. "I think part of the allure of the "Star Wars" brand in the past has been the long wait".
Saturday returns for the "Star Wars" anthology film registered at just $24.6 million, amounting to a 31 percent drop from Friday's $35.8 million returns.
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The origin story scripted by father and son Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan, which reportedly carries the hefty price tag of $US300 million, ranked at No. 1 in most territories but it was just the fourth-biggest opening weekend of the year in Oz. Deadline is reporting that the film is lagging behind box office estimates so far this weekend and might not turn a profit.
Even if "Solo" hit the high-end of its original industry projections, it wasn't likely to even have the opening weekend of 2016's "Rogue One", which took in $155 million, the lowest opening weekend for a "Star Wars" movie since "The Force Awakens".
In China, Disney's earlier installment "The Last Jedi", was also beaten out by a local romantic comedy, Huayi Brothers Media Corp.'s "The Ex-File 3: Return of the Exes". The movie has an estimated 4-day total of $12 million and now sits at a cumulative domestic total of $34.2 million. But the rules change when you talk about "Star Wars".
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Even worse news for "Solo" was how badly it tallied overseas. Star Wars films were once enigmatic and rare events, but Solo is the second release in five months - following Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We have a Thor and a Black Panther and an Infinity War coming out in November and February and May and each are massively successful.
Plot and lore issues aside, Jar Jar Binks is arguably the most hated character of all time in anything, as he has annoyed fans from the moment he appeared on screen. Also, things are a lot easier when both movies close to one another are great.
With all these factors combined, clearly for most, going to the beach or a barbecue was the better option this holiday weekend.
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Deadline is reporting that the film is lagging behind box office estimates so far this weekend and might not turn a profit. Plot details for the new movie are unknown, and it's not clear if Daniel Logan or Temuera Morrison will return to the role.