'Solo' sputters in takeoff at box office with US$83.3M

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For comparison, the three other Disney/Lucasfilm features, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, have all opened to $247.9 million, $155 million, and $220 million respectively at the domestic box office. The families that were expected to make this film challenge for the Memorial Day opening weekend record just aren't showing up as much as expected, and now "Solo" might not even finish with one of the top 5 highest openings for this holiday weekend. "Ant-Man" arrived to $57.2 million in initial ticket sales in 2015. The movie opened to a disappointing $83.3 million over the three-day weekend, suggesting a $101 million four-day debut.

"Of course we would have hoped for this to be a bit bigger", said Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief. "The exits are very encouraging". With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

Solo will easily become the lowest opening Star Wars film in the franchise's history.

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The gambit may have hurt both releases.

The second weekend for Deadpool 2 will see it drop to #2 with $54.5 million from 4,349 theaters, giving it an 11-day total of $220 million. Perhaps Memorial Day wasn't the ideal time.

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He also reveals that he did an ancestry DNA test, and it turns out that he - and therefore, Han Solo! - is actually part Irish!

Fans were skeptical of Ehrenreich and uncertain about the dismissal of Lord and Miller (the popular filmmaking duo behind "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie"). But the rules change when you talk about "Star Wars".

One potential issue for the movie was when it was released.

"The franchise will be fine", Dergarabedian said. The untitled follow-up to "The Last Jedi" is scheduled for December 2019. That's plenty of breathing space.

A bigger cause for concern though for Disney is the growing sense of apathy and rejection of Star Wars properties in China.

So what do the returns for "Solo" mean for the franchise going forward? To help propel "Solo" internationally, Disney brought the film to Cannes Film Festival, flooding the French film festival's red carpet with Storm Troopers. The character, who debuted in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and returned in Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, was first brought to life by the equally charming Billy Dee Williams.

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