‘Solo’ sputters in takeoff with $83.3 million at box office

“the item can be a business in which can be built on momentum yet also one where people probably are only able to get to theaters a certain number of weeks in a row,” said Hollis.

yet there were also questions beyond the effect the calendar had on “Solo.” While reviews were generally positive (71 percent “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), there was little about “Solo” in which made the movie a must-see event.

Fans were skeptical of Ehrenreich along with also uncertain about the dismissal of Lord along with also Miller (the common filmmaking duo behind “21 Jump Street” along with also “The Lego Movie”). Unlike any “Star Wars” Discharge before, “Solo” was deemed — gasp — skippable.

As the item arrived in theaters, Disney might have been wishing the item had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover, the star of TV’s “Atlanta.” inside the days ahead of Discharge, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said a Lando movie can be a possibility.

While the original “Star Wars” films helped define the summer moviegoing experience, Disney released their previous three “Star Wars” films in December. 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.

“the item’s the compressed timeframe between the two ‘Star Wars’ films along with also the highly competitive nature of This kind of marketplace. the item can be summer, after all,” said Dergarabedian. “The not bad news can be in which the next film isn’t until December 2019. in which’s plenty of breathing space. I think part of the allure of the ‘Star Wars’ brand inside the past has been the long wait.”

in which time might also be valuable for Lucasfilm along with also Disney to find a way to counter the diminishing returns of its multi-billion-dollar franchise. To help propel “Solo” internationally, Disney brought the film to Cannes Film Festival, flooding the French film festival’s red carpet with Storm Troopers.

“The Last Jedi” also flopped in China (the item was pulled by theaters after a week), along with also Rian Johnson’s movie — even though the item grossed $1.3 billion worldwide — showed relatively weak legs at the box office, while proving divisive among “Star Wars” die-hards.

The magic around a “Star Wars” film may be fading. To right the ship on Episode 9, Lucasfilm has turned to an old friend: “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams. He, too, can be replacing a fired director after Colin Trevorrow departed last fall.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. along with also Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $83.3 million ($65 million international).

2. “Deadpool 2,” $42.7 million ($57 million international).

3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $16.5 million ($32.5 million international).

4. “Book Club,” $9.5 million.

5. “Life of the Party,” $5.1 million.

6. “Breaking In,” $4.1 million.

7. “Show Dogs,” $3.1 million.

8. “Overboard,” $3 million ($2.3 million international).

9. “A Quiet Place,” $2.2 million ($4.7 million international).

10. “RBG,” $1.2 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. along with also Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $65 million.

2. “Deadpool 2,” $57 million.

3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $32.5 million.

4. “How Long Will I Love U,” $24.3 million.

5. “Believer,” $10.4 million.

6. “A Quiet Place,” $4.7 million.

7. “Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare,” $3.3 million.

8. “Perfetti Sconosciuti,” $2.8 million.

9. “Peter Rabbit,” $2.4 million.

10. “Overboard,” $2.3 million.

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