New Star Wars film sputters at the box office

The cause of the spinoff's disappointing performance may be due to Star Wars fatigue

"The previous three Star Wars films did $4 billion worth of of business at the box office, so it doesn't feel like saturation is necessarily an issue, but we are still answering all of the questions".

Despite its early success, holding the record as the highest earning preview night for a Memorial Day weekend release, many fans of the Star Wars series are blaming Solo's poor opening weekend on the most recent film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Disney's other big-ticket offering, Avengers: Infinity War, continued to be a draw in its fifth weekend where it earned $16.4 million from 3,768 theaters.

China, on track to overtake the United States 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. 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.

"Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an example, there will be films with box-office returns like Avengers: Infinity War, but there will also be films like Ant-Man", said analyst Wade Holden at S&P Global Market Intelligence. "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste".

Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover the star
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

I gave the Last Jedi a decent review when I watched a preview.

"Solo" still boosts the domestic box office 23.1 percent compared to Memorial Day weekend in 2017, according to comScore.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. As the first film in the sequel trilogy, "The Force Awakens" launched with a massive $248 million three-day total. However, the second anthology film falls far short of monetary expectations in its opening weekend.

Paramount's Book Club had a solid second weekend as the comedy banked $9.4 million from 2,810 screens.

Its four-day holiday weekend estimate looks to hit US$20 million. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office is up 7.6%.

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