Solo: A Star Wars Story Tops The Box Office

Tonya Becker
May 29, 2018

Disney and Lucasfilms's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" topped North American weekend box office with an estimated 83.3 million USA dollars three-day debut, coming in well behind industry expectations.

However, the holiday weekend found the Star Wars prequel grossing $84 million over three days and an estimated $103 million over four days. The latter placed second over the weekend, taking in US$42.7 million between Friday and Sunday, for a two-week domestic total of US$207.4 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has earned $65 million (GBP48.8 million) overseas. In early May, Solo was tracking to have an impressive domestic opening weekend of $170 million. Aside from fans reeling at the idea of watching anyone other than Harrison Ford play Han Solo, there was also turmoil behind the scenes, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being replaced with Ron Howard months into shooting. The budget soared past $250 million. Although the film earned a typically rather decent $83 million in the U.S. in its first weekend, its preceding "Star Wars Story" Rogue One earned $155 million on the first weekend, while Episode VII generated a whopping $247 million and episode VIII an equally stellar $220 million.


Have we hit peak Star Wars? Solo also stars Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, and Thandie Newton. While reviews were generally positive (71 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), there was little about "Solo" that made the movie a must-see event.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived to US$220 million in December.

Given Solo's numerous struggles, Star Wars faithfuls were understandably concerned about the quality of the movie.


Alden Ehrenreich, the title star of "Solo", has said he's contractually signed for multiple Star Wars films, but "Solo's" opening should cause Disney and Lucasfilm to become wary about which spinoff origin stories they tell going forward - and about how closely they cluster their movies.

Forbes magazine's Scott Mendelson said while "Solo" may have taken some of the luster off Disney's "Star Wars" reboot, he believes talk of the franchise's death is premature.

The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading.


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