Industry estimates project a second weekend total of just $29 million, with its Friday haul taking in just $8.1 million, a staggering 77 percent drop from the already-low $35.3 million the anthology film made on its opening day.
The underperforming film has seen Disney and Lucasfilm addressing the issue, along with director Ron Howard. In comparison, Star Wars: The Last Jedi suffered a similar drop in its second weekend, although it opened to $220 million and eventually became the highest grossing release of 2017 with $1.33 billion.
Estimates have Solo on course to muster a global total of just $400-450 million, further opening debate as to whether or not the movie's turbulent production -- which saw Howard replace fired directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- affected ticket-buyers.
Some even believe that after the divisive The Last Jedi, fans were also suffering Star Wars fatigue; others felt that with Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 out as well, Solo just had bad timing; and lastly, folks are also theorizing that Disney's late marketing push didn't register as anticipated.
This drop has even allowed the Deadpool sequel to come within reach of taking back top spot in its third weekend, after a weekend total of $24 million, which is just enough to get it over the $250 million domestic mark by Sunday's end. Fighting for the third spot are Infinity War, in its sixth weekend, and the romance-survivalist drama Adrift, both estimated to make $11 million this weekend.