Weekend Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue Sets In As ‘Solo’ Disappoints

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If that held, "Solo" would be set up to be the latest "Star Wars" movie having a record-breaking box office opening - taking the crown from current Memorial Day record holder, 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" with $139.8 million. 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 Disney and Lucasfilm prequel opened with a debut estimated around $83.3 million over three days and $101 million over four domestically, and even less overseas.

Solo made around $65 million in the Friday-Sunday window from global markets-including China-which is not the greatest. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

The last chance for Lando to appear in the ongoing Sequel Trilogy then is next year's Star Wars: Episode IX, its final installment. Fox's Deadpool 2 finished in second with a strong $42.7 million in its second weekend, and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War finished third with $16.5 million in the F-S-S period, padding its five-week haul of $621.7 million.

Business isn't exactly booming for the galaxy's favorite space smuggler this Memorial Day weekend.


This has led to a general apprehension to the film, which received generally much colder reviews than what typically greets Disney's Star Wars films, as well as Disney's popular Marvel Studios output. Perhaps Memorial Day wasn't the ideal time. What most hurt "Solo" was the "fatigue factor" of a May "Star Wars" film following a December one, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. However, for every Knights of the Old Republic and Rogue Squadron, there was an equally intriguing Star Wars game that never made it out of development. 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.

That time might also be valuable for Lucasfilm and Disney to find a way to counter the diminishing returns of its multi-billion-dollar franchise.

"Star Wars is still a gold standard brand for movie franchises", said Dergarabedian. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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