Solo Launches to $148 Million Worldwide

Solo Launches to $148 Million Worldwide

Memorial Day weekend has also been an increasingly tough time at the box office, with the last movie to clock a more than $100 million debut over the four-day frame being 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Compared with opening weekends from previous year, "Solo" has a lower three day gross than "Justice League" (a major disappointment despite grossing $93.8 million), and the R-rated X-Men entry "Logan", which grossed $88.4 million.

China, on track to overtake the U.S.in movie ticket sales by 2020, is an important market for Hollywood films, including some franchises like Universal Pictures' "Fast and Furious", which has sometimes generated more revenue in the country than in North America. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

Solo is the first of the new Star Wars movies to not open in December, and it comes just five months after the release of The Last Jedi in December 2017.

Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War ranked third, collecting $1.2 million in its fifth weekend, advancing to $58.9 million. While reviews were generally positive (71 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), there was little about "Solo" that made the movie a must-see event. However, this seems highly unlikely given once you exit the message board/reddit culture around Star Wars, The Last Jedi appears fairly well received.

Memorial Day: Honoring our military heroes
Memorial Day Services will be held a the Union Church and Cemetery, 6781 30th Street, rural Aurora, Monday, May 28 , 2018. In Baytown, the city will honor soldiers at Veterans Memorial Plaza at Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market Street.

As it arrived in theaters, Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover, the star of TV's "Atlanta".

Disney disagrees, noting that Marvel movies come out at even shorter intervals - "Thor: Ragnarok" in November, "Black Panther" in February, "Infinity War" in April. For instance, Solo had a $3.3 million opening day in the second biggest market for American blockbusters in the world, almost two-thirds down from The Last Jedi's also anemic $9.7 million opening day. And personally, I found it to be an unexpectedly pleasant film, more reminiscent of World War II era crime capers than the typical mythic bombast that has come to be associated with Star Wars ever since the prequels.

"The franchise will be fine", Dergarabedian said.

As we now know, it eventually went to Alden Ehrenreich, and if you've seen Solo yet, then you know any fears of him filling in for Harrison Ford get erased pretty quickly. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

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