With two full weekends in theaters under its belt, the picture has become clear – Solo: A Star Wars Story is a box office failure.
Over its second week, Solo earned just $29.29 million domestically, representing a 65 percent drop from its opening weekend. Whether due to it telling the backstory of a character who didn’t really need one, the film’s troubled production history, or divisive fan reaction to December’s The Last Jedi (or a combination of all of these factors), it’s become clear that audiences just aren’t turning out for the Han Solo prequel.
Through 10 days, Solo has earned just under $150 million domestic, with a worldwide gross of $264 million. Current projections place the film ending its run around the $400 million worldwide mark, which would make Solo one of the highest-grossing, money-losing films ever. To break even, the film would need to earn at least $500 million, which would still put it well behind the previous three Star Wars films, all of which crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
We’ll have to wait until 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX to see whether or not Solo’s failure is just an aberration or part of a downward trend for the Star Wars brand.
Here are the top 10 highest-grossing films of the June 1-3 weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story – $29.29 million
2. Deadpool 2 – $23.32 million
3. Adrift – $11.5 million
4. Avengers: Infinity War – $10.37 million
5. Book Club – $6.8 million
6. Upgrade – $4.45 million
7. Life of the Party – $3.45 million
8. Breaking In – $2.8 million
9. Action Point – $2.3 million
10. Overboard – $1.97 million