In its second week, "Deadpool 2" grossed $42.7 million.
Some box office analysts said it was unfair to expect every "Star Wars" movie to be a juggernaut, especially now that pent-up demand has worn off: Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, and when it restarted the franchise with "The Force Awakens" in 2015, it was the first new live-action installment in a decade.
The Jedi Council crew have been covering Solo: A Star Wars Story since the film was announced, so you know Kristian and Ken are excited to finally able to discuss, dissect, and debate the actual film as opposed to trying to gleam insight from trailers, teasers, and clips.
The film marks the fourth disappointment of the new Star Wars movies under Kathleen Kennedy, who comes off the disaster that was Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is probably a big factor why Han Solo failed as well. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was very bad and Han Solo comes off as "meh", so why should I bother going to see it?
Underlining the origin story's wavering appeal, the United Kingdom was the top worldwide market with $10.3 million followed by China's mediocre $10.1 million.More news: Judge rules 30-year-old must move out of his parents' house
Has Hollywood hit Star Wars overload? The J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX doesn't open in theaters until December 2019, which gives Lucasfilm time to recalibrate before announcing its next moves with the franchise.
Solo reportedly cost upward of $250 million to make, partly because original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard, who reshot significant portions of the film. Of course, that movie's budget was $8.5 million.
This has led to a general apprehension to the film, which received generally much colder reviews than what typically greets Disney's Star Wars films, as well as Disney's popular Marvel Studios output.
The record-holder for the four-day Memorial Day weekend is 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which made $139.8 million. "Ant-Man" arrived to $57.2 million in initial ticket sales in 2015. Solo was projected to potentially dethrone that movie, but it came nowhere close to doing that. "It is summer, after all", said Dergarabedian. "I think part of the allure of the "Star Wars" brand in the past has been the long wait". It's the only Star Wars movie of the Disney era not to receive an A.
The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading. Given the huge cost of the film - the budget was rumoured to have doubled owing to expensive reshoots over almost 70% of the film by Ron Howard - there's likely to be some questions asked at the House Of Mouse over its underperformance. The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi each pulled in less than 55% of their money from overseas.