Solo: A Star Wars Story has disappointing $83.3 million three-day opening

Solo: A Star Wars Story has disappointing $83.3 million three-day opening

Solo: A Star Wars Story has disappointing $83.3 million three-day opening

Disney and Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story is now finally in theaters, which means it's time to dig deep into the spoilers.

With Solo: A Star Wars Story getting lukewarm reviews-it's also been called a "so-so" flick-the latest film in the four-decade-old franchise isn't performing so well at the box office.

"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.

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

In order for Solo to take Pirates' record for the full Memorial Day Weekend, the film will have to surpass $153 million. Given that this is the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, which since being acquired by Disney hasn't failed to open at less than $155 million-and indeed has seen all three previous entries clear $1 billion worldwide-this is the epitome of a box office disappointment. We learn that since his encounter with the Jedi on Naboo, Maul survived being cut in half and eventually went on to become the leader of the Crimson Dawn Criminal Syndicate, which is shown in Solo.

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. The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams will return to the director's chair, following Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi a year ago.

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Technically, Solo also had higher attendance than the three episodes of the original trilogy. The movie falls in the same spot for Metacritic scores, though Rogue One places just slightly above Solo there.

The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading. But the comparisons to Rogue One are noteworthy, given that was a spinoff as well and it did considerably better.

Despite Solo's slow start, Disney is of course moving forward on more Star Wars movies. The Marvel crossover is looking at a four-day total of $20 million, putting its domestic total at around $625 million. Star Wars IX is slated to hit theaters in December 2019.

It's a lot to ask of Star Wars fans to maintain the same level of excitement across that many Parsecs.

Early estimates placed the second Star Wars spinoff at somewhere in the region of $114 million in the United States, however Variety is now reporting that its take over the past three days is at $84 million with a four-day total expected at $101 million.

Below you can see the full Top 10 box office report for the May 25-27 period in the U.S. and Canada, as relayed by EW.

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