Things aren’t looking too hot in a galaxy far, far away. At least not for the immediate moment. Solo: A Star Wars Story was projected to make $130-$136M over the course of Memorial Day weekend (which extends the weekend to four days), but as we reported in the three-day number report, it was well under those initial projections.
Now, Variety is stating that the film is expected to take in $103M over its four-day weekend. This makes it the lowest-opening Star Wars film to date since Disney bought out Lucasfilm and injected more life into the franchise. This four-day number is even substantially lower than all previous Disney joints, with Rogue One taking in $155M, The Force Awakens taking in $248M, and The Last Jedi taking in $220M in their respective three-day opening weekends.
Though, while the news isn’t great, there is one angle that gives a bit of positive light. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the highest Memorial Day weekend opener since 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past took in $110.6M in its first four days.
As of this writing, the Star Wars movie has a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that the majority of critics would recommend it, and it even has an A- CinemaScore, meaning that audiences are pretty happy with the film they got based on the marketing they saw for it. All in all, it seems like the movie succeeded on most levels, but audience hunger just wasn’t there for it — at least not in large enough numbers to justify getting made for $250M-plus in its budget.
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