With just three weeks until its release, Solo: A Star Wars Story is projected to soar past the $155 million domestic opening weekend of 2016's Rogue One.
According to Deadline, industry projections place director Ron Howard's Star Wars spinoff to earn at least $170 million over the Memorial Day weekend. The film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, outscored both Rogue One and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5. million) in terms of unaided awareness, which the site explains "indicates how strong the buzz is on a title among those who are unprompted in polling."
Of course, it's worth noting that Rogue One opened Dec. 16, 2016, rather than over the three-day Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer movie season. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit May 5, 2017.
Should Solo maintain audience interest in the lead-up, it would become the biggest Memorial Day weekend opening in history, topping 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End record of $139.9 million, and second-place record holder Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which earned $126.9 million in 2008.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They are joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.