Solo: A Star Wars Story Does Not Open Big At The Box Office

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Original estimates for Solo: A Star Wars Story initially expected the film would have opened with a brand new Box Office Memorial Weekend record.

However, the film is now out and it looks like the original estimates were way off the mark.

As reported by Box Office Pro, Solo: A Star Wars Story opened with an estimated three day weekend of $83.3 million which is far below industry expectations. If you take into account the four-day weekend, it opened with $101 million.

From a worldwide standpoint, it earned $65 million overseas with a current total tally of $148.3 million globally. These numbers are disappointing for a live action Star Wars film considering every other recent film earned far more bigger dollars than this.

It's hard to pinpoint a specific reason why the movie opened so poorly. The Rotten Tomatoes rating is 71 percent at the moment while the film has a healthy Cinemascore of "A-". That said, it still opened lower than Justice League.

The problem could be a combination of things including people not liking Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Not to mention franchise fatigue could be settling in since Solo: A Star Wars Story came out only five months after the release of The Last Jedi.

Another reason could be its crowded release date since it was competing with the second weekend of the well received Deadpool 2 movie.

Deadpool 2 earned 42.7 million in its second weekend while Avengers: Infinity War still managed to gross $16.4 million a month after release.

It's probably a better idea for future Star Wars films to open in December only when the competition is not as fierce.

It will also beneficial if they space out releases of Star Wars movies since franchise fatigue has started to settle in too.

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