Solo: A Star Wars Story falls short of expectations, makes $101 million in four days in North America
Solo: A Star Wars Story struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with an estimated $101 million four-day take falling below expectations
Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with an estimated $101 million four-day take falling far below expectations.
Analysts had predicted the Disney/Lucasfilm project — directed by Ron Howard and with Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling Han Solo — would reach $130 million to $150 million, possibly setting a Memorial Day weekend record.
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 abroad.
"The news is grim overseas," said Hollywood Reporter, saying the film was heading for barely half the $300 million global take many had predicted.
Last weekend's No. 1 film, Deadpool from 20th Century Fox and Marvel, took second spot this weekend, with a four-day estimate of $53.5 million. That movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, irreverent title character as he forms an X-Force team to protect a young mutant from evil Cable (Josh Brolin).
Third place went to Disney/Marvel collaboration Avengers: Infinity War, which took in $20.1 million in its fifth weekend out. It stars Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth. In fourth, with $12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title — Book Club — that belies its racy story line.
The Paramount film tells the story of four aging friends — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — who decide to read the steamy book Fifty Shades of Grey and find it stimulating more than just their intellects.
And in fifth was Warner Bros. comedy Life of the Party, at $6.5 million. It stars Melissa McCarthy as a newly divorced mother who returns to college, only to find herself in class with her (deeply embarrassed) daughter.
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What varies in the nine-part anthology is the mix: the degree to which the films feel like Star Wars shorts that happen to have anime character designs, or like anime shorts that happen to borrow Star Wars motifs.