Box Office Weekend: Solo: A Star Wars Story Debuts on Top

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"Solo" pulled in $101 million domestically over its four-day weekend, making it the smallest "Star Wars" related opening since 2002 for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", CNN reported.

Solo also sputtered overseas, where initial ticket sales stood at about US$65 million. "Solo" is another attempt at that, but it made $35.6 million on Friday, about half of what "Rogue One" brought in on its opening day. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million. It also lags behind the most current standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opened with $155 million (GBP116.5 million) in North America in 2016. Solo bowed just weeks after both Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, which continue to do incredibly well at the box office.

In contrast, 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens rang up $247 million during its first weekend in release. Star Wars is no longer on the fan pedestal.

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"Deadpool 2" should easily score the second slot, heading for a $42 million three-day sophomore frame and a four-day total of around $54 million. China continued to send the message to Disney that it is simply not interested in Star Wars via Solo's dismal $10 million, third place opening.

Fans were skeptical of Ehrenreich and uncertain about the dismissal of Lord and Miller (the popular filmmaking duo behind "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie"). Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July previous year, coming roughly seven months after release.

Given Solo's numerous struggles, Star Wars faithfuls were understandably concerned about the quality of the movie.

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"Despite the fact that Solo performed softer than many had projected, a hugely competitive and crowded marketplace gave the industry one of the better performing Memorial holiday weekend totals", box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Variety. No other Star Wars film has had to compete with two juggernaut Marvel films at the same time.

Forbes magazine's Scott Mendelson said while "Solo" may have taken some of the luster off Disney's "Star Wars" reboot, he believes talk of the franchise's death is premature.

We're experiencing "Star Wars" saturation.

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