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

28 May 2018

Tracking earlier this week suggested "Solo" would lift off with $130 million to $150 million.

The short, which you can check out above, follows Solo: A Star Wars Story's Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) in a pretty unique predicament. Disney Last year, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" opened over Memorial Day's four-day weekend and took in $78.4 million.

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The "Solo" three-day is also falling below another film that underperformed relative to its franchise pedigree: "Justice League". Internationally the film added another $32.5 million putting its global total at $1.9 billion, making it the highest grossing MCU film by almost $400 million. For instance, Solo had a $3.3 million opening day in the second biggest market for American blockbusters in the world, almost two-thirds down from The Last Jedi's also anemic $9.7 million opening day.

"Solo" went into the weekend on a strong note.

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Overall, the film made $148 million worldwide.

But to reach that range, "Solo" would have needed an overseas boost that it isn't getting at all. The top market was the United Kingdom, and that wasn't much better with a $10.3 million opening.

"A Star Wars Story" came in well below expectations with an US$83.3 million opening weekend at the North American box office. "Ant-Man" arrived to $57.2 million in initial ticket sales in 2015.

"Solo" may have had in-production drama - the movie's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired over creative differences and replaced by Ron Howard - but you can't equate that with its poor box office. "Solo looks to restore this holiday frame to its former glory and its place as one of the most important weekends of the year and the all-important summer movie season".

Of course, there were other films in theaters this weekend, all of them doing pretty well in holdovers. While no major releases dared to open against "Solo", Fox's "Deadpool 2" moved its release date up a week ahead of "Solo". The second film in "Star Wars'" sequel trilogy debuted with $220 million domestically.

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