‘Solo’ Sputters In Takeoff With $83.3M At Box Office
‘Solo’ Sputters In Takeoff With $83.3M At Box Office
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29 May, 2018, 15:24
But the film, with a cast including Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, was falling short not only in North America, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations predicted, but also overseas. The most recent installment in the franchise - "Star Wars:The Last Jedi" - opened less than six months ago. Without spoiling it for those that have yet to see it, Solo is a profoundly uneven movie yet it manages to be a lot of fun especially when Donald Glover's pitch-perfect Lando is on screen.
So what do the returns for "Solo" mean for the franchise going forward? "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste". In fact, "Solo" is now forecast for a four day holiday weekend of $105 million to $115 million domestically. Combined with its three-day domestic total of US$16.5 million, Disney and Marvel's blockbuster global weekend total nears US$49 million.
I gave the Last Jedi a decent review when I watched a preview. Solo opens next weekend in Croatia and Trinidad. Based on the "Star Wars" legendary character Han Solo, it's the second of the "Star Wars" anthology films following "Rogue One". With so many Star Wars projects in the pipeline, the revived film franchise might already be heading toward if not a saturation point, at least the point where the films are no longer an event-type release. The estimates for the movie's three-day opening weekend are here and things aren't looking good for the beloved Nerf Herder.
Some industry watchers will question the wisdom of the Star Wars spinoffs, but Disney's first spinoff, 2016's "Rogue One", had a robust North American opening of $155 million and went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.
The United Kingdom leads Solo's overseas market with US$10.3 million, followed by China with US$10.1 million, Australia with US$5 million, and Germany with US$4.3 million. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office continues its positive trajectory with 7.6 percent.
"Anytime the numbers come in lower than projections, there is a feeling of disappointment and the 'Star Wars" brand for better or worse is always subject to lofty box office expectations", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
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