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

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

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

The newest Star Wars movie, Solo, opened this weekend-but it was not the hit that Disney and Lucasfilm would have wanted.

While we won't receive the full four-day estimate until tomorrow, it's safe to say that Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be gunning for the Memorial Day weekend box office record anymore - as predicted - which is now held by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($140M).

"Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an example, there will be films with box office returns like 'Avengers: Infinity War, ' but there will also be films with returns like 'Ant-Man, '" said Wade Holden, an analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Lucasfilm has at least nine more "Star Wars" films in the works. Three-day opening estimates are now sitting at $82 million, well below the $108.4 million "Revenge of the Sith" made in its first weekend.

So, what does this mean for Star Wars going forward?

The weak performance by "Solo" is due more to three big obstacles - opening over Memorial Day weekend, "Star Wars" fatigue, and the movie's lackluster reviews. Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi all opened in mid-December and had no direct competition. While Solo establishes Qi'ra's past with Han on their homeworld, Corellia, it also leaves several aspects of her history to be revealed at a later time.

Wallis Cinemas programming manager Sasha Close points to the release date, telling IF: "A week after Deadpool 2 is a big ask for any film, even one based on the most well-known and record-breaking franchise". Star Wars films were once enigmatic and rare events, but Solo is the second release in five months - following Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All told, Rogue One made $523 million in its overseas and Solo has a long way to catch up with it.

And not to spoil anything for readers who have yet to see the film, but you can see the love Howard brought to the film and yes, some of that old Star Wars magic is definitely present.

But by the end of day Friday, Disney hinted that the weekend wouldn't go according to plan as it drastically adjusted that projection to between $105 million and $115 million over the four-day weekend.

"The Last Jedi" also flopped in China (it was pulled from theaters after a week), and Rian Johnson's movie - even though it grossed $1.3 billion worldwide - showed relatively weak legs at the box office, while proving divisive among "Star Wars" die-hards.

You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

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