In a surprising turn of events, Lucasfilm's Solo: A Story Wars Story misfired at the box office -- only slightly surpassing $100 million for the four-day weekend.
Estimates had the latest prequel film set to open around $170 million for the four-day weekend. Unfortunately, those estimates have since been considerably lowered. The film is now looking at a less than impressive $83 million for the weekend, and just $101.1 million for the four-day weekend. Should those numbers hold, that would make for the lowest weekend debut on record for the franchise.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY hit $83M ($101M 4-day estimate) in its debut--adjusted for inflation, that's the lowest weekend debut on record for the Star Wars franchise, even less than all 3 Lucas prequels by a wide margin.— Exorcist Relations (@ERCboxoffice) May 27, 2018
The latest estimates, of course, are considerably lower from the adjusted $114 million projections after Solo's Friday performance saw a substantial drop. Including $14.1 million from Thursday showing, Solo: A Star Wars Story pulled in just $35.6 million through Friday. Interestingly enough, the film's Thursday preview numbers were enough to set a new record for Thursday box office leading into the Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, that appears to be the only good record that Solo has secured. With estimates sitting at $101.1 million for the four-day weekend -- with some even suspecting it could open lower -- the latest Star Wars feature has now overtaken Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the lowest opening weekend for a Disney/LucasFilm Star Wars film. (It's worth noting, that film opened to $155 million back in 2016.)
Internationally, the film fared even worse, pulling in just $65 million in 54 markets. That includes a $10.1 million opening in China, where Star Wars has failed to capture audiences. For comparison's sake, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War took in an additional $18 million in China in its third frame.
Internationally, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY scored just $65M in 54 markets (88% of the marketplace), and with the World Cup just around the corner, this is a crash and burn for LucasFilm.— Exorcist Relations (@ERCboxoffice) May 27, 2018
It's unclear just where Solo went wrong. It could have been all of the behind the scenes drama, which saw its original directors replaced mid-production, or it could have been the mixed critical reception. Either way, it's clear Lucasfilm may want to rethink its process as it develops additional anthology films down the line.
In theaters now, director Ron Howard’s 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’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.