Disney suffered its first box office disappointment with the Star Wars brand, as Solo: A Star Wars Story fell short of expectations both domestically and internationally over the weekend.
Though the film scored decent, if not spectacular reviews from critics, Solo failed to meet Disney and Lucasfilm’s projected $130 – 150 million target for the Memorial Day weekend. Domestically, the film earned $83.3 million Friday-Sunday and is estimated to make just over $100 million when the four-day holiday weekend is over.
The situation was even worse overseas, with a total haul of $65 million. Solo performed especially bad in China — where, it should be noted, each successive Star Wars film released since 2015’s The Force Awakens has earned less than its predecessor — with a paltry $10.1 million.
By comparison, Rogue One opened with an estimated $155 million domestically in 2016, while The Last Jedi made $220 million over its opening weekend just five months ago. The Force Awakens remains the high point for the series under Disney’s stewardship with a staggering $238 million.Disney