In its Memorial Day weekend debut, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story struggled, where it came in well behind expectations with a three-day debut of $84.8 million and four-day debut of $103 million, according to Monday numbers. That’s even coming in below Friday forecasts.
The news is altogether grim globally as well, where Solo rolled out in every major market except for Japan. The movie — which made a high-profile stop at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month — is bombing with $65 million, including a dismal $10.1 million launch in China (no recent Star Wars has done well in the country either). The global bow is an estimated $168 million; many had thought it would fly to $300 million even though the Star Wars franchise has never been an massive player internationally.
The Han Solo origin story paced well behind fellow standalone movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), which debuted to $155 million in North America. Solo blasts off a mere five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, raising the possibility of fatigue.
Entering the weekend, initial reports suggested Solo would rake in $130 million-$150 million domestically. Box-office observers note that the movie is playing younger than previous Star Wars installments, meaning it could lure families. The film nabbed an A- CinemaScore from Friday ticket buyers, a half-grade below the A bestowed on the previous trio of films.
Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis had this to say in a statement about the box office performance to The Hollywood Reporter
“We are all over it, and will spend a lot of time digging into why things happened the way they did. We have a year and a half before Episode IX comes out. We’ve had so much success. The previous three Star Wars films did $4 billion worth of of buisness at the box office, so it doesn’t feel like saturation is necessarily an issue, but we are still answering all of the questions.”
After North America and China, Solo‘s top markets offshore were Australia ($5 million), Germany ($4.3 million), France ($3.9 million), Russia ($3.6 million), Spain ($2.6 million) and Mexico ($2.5 million).
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which marked the franchise’s return to the big screen after a long absence and featured original stars from the first films, debuted to a then-record $248 million in December 2015, followed by Rogue One a year later and, in 2017, $220 million for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, the follow-up to Force Awakens.
No other film opted to debut nationwide opposite Solo. The movie’s major competition is Fox and Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated Deadpool 2, which grossed $42.7 million for the three-day holiday weekend. Through Monday, Deadpool 2‘s domestic total should reach $218.2 million after earning a projected $53.5 million for the four-day holiday.
Across the ocean, Deadpool 2 earned another $57 million for a foreign total of $279.7 million and estimated global intake of nearly $500 million through Monday. The superhero pic defeated Solo in several major markets, including South Korea.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theatres everywhere now.