‘Solo’ Finishes First at Box Office But Well Below Original Estimates
Via The Washington Post:
Never tell Han Solo the odds. And, given the woeful opening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Han might have a bad feeling about a few other less-than-stellar numbers, too.
“Solo” defied weeks of industry projections by landing below even conservative estimates, which had the first Skywalker-free Star Wars feature film opening in the ballpark of $130 million for the Memorial Day weekend.
Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Solo” instead had a $103 million domestic debut for the four-day holiday and grossed $84.8 million for the standard three-day weekend — or barely one-third of what Disney’s first Star Wars reboot, “The Force Awakens,” opened to ($248 million) less than three years ago.
Even worse news for “Solo” was how badly it tallied overseas. Failing to gain much traction in such major markets as China ($10 million), “Solo” grossed only $65 million — or 39 percent of its total take — on foreign shores.
The $168 million worldwide debut is an especially poor showing when you consider that “Solo” — which required extensive reshoots after director Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller — had a reported production cost of about $300 million, according to Box Office Mojo.