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Solo sputters in takeoff at box office

Solo sputters in takeoff at box office

"Logan" helmer James Mangold is writing and directing the spinoff, which follows "The Force Awakens", "Rogue One", "The Last Jedi", "Solo", and an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi project in the current generation of "Star Wars" movies.

The Star Wars prequel is now estimated to bring in $101 million in North America over the four-day weekend, reports Variety. That four-day total doesn't even rank in the Top 20 for Hollywood's all-time best opening weekends.

Early box office projections had put Solo: A Star Wars Story at $170 million for the four-day holiday weekend, but those predictions have cooled considerably, with projections now between the $130 million and $150 million range for the four-day weekend.

The news comes right when Han Solo debuts in theaters with advanced Thursday night previews. The second film in "Star Wars'" sequel trilogy debuted with $220 million domestically.

The Star Wars film has broken a Memorial Day weekend record despite these low estimations.

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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. Internationally, it opened with a disappointing $65 million for a worldwide three-day weekend of $148 million.

Look, I enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story plenty, but it gave me the definite feeling that I just wasn't going to be as excited about Star Wars movies anymore.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made iconic by Harrison Ford, "Solo" was plagued by production troubles, with Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through shooting.

Superheroes will also claim the No. 3 spot, as Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War adds about $16.5 million to its domestic haul in its fifth week. He has also appeared in the animated series The Clone Wars.

Has Hollywood hit "Star Wars" overload? With "Solo" opening five months after "The Last Jedi", audiences just weren't motivated for another story from the saga that quickly, even one about one of its most legendary characters. Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo once suggested that they were the actual dice used by Han to win the Millennium Falcon, an idea Solo retcons away with in two respects; Han had the dice years before that, and the Sabaac game that won him the Falcon didn't use dice.


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