box office, the latest Star Wars Story won't be breaking any records as previously predicted.
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.
Overseas ticket sales were even worse. Solo opened in 54 worldwide markets day-and-date with North America and the best it could come up with was an underwhelming $65 million. The film, directed by Ron Howard, follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookie companion Chewbacca, and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
So what happened? For "Solo", it could be a mixture of things from brand fatigue (the last "Star Wars" film was just in theaters five months ago) to the film facing more competition in the summer season. Simultaneously running superhero flick Deadpool 2 on the other hand opened to the biggest foreign debut for an R-Rated film, surpassing MCU's Avengers:Infinity War. However, while fans of the sci-fi franchise were expecting appearances from old faces, they probably weren't anticipating a reference to an old (and terrible) Star Wars video game.
With its second-place finish, Deadpool 2 brought its two-week total up to $207.4 million.
Solo: A Star Wars Story had a reported budget of $250m. While reviews were generally positive (71 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), there was little about "Solo" that made the movie a must-see event. That would give Disney an opportunity to keep Star Wars in the mind of fans in their first year where they don't have a new movie coming out during the holiday season.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived to US$220 million in December.
Grace Jiang, a 30-year-old office worker in Shanghai, said she took a chance on Solo based on the franchise's reputation, but nearly dozed off halfway through the film.
Teras Kasi exists in the Star Wars universe outside of its appearance in the LucasArts game, though it was certainly the most prominent reference to the fictitious martial art.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.