Solo Launches to $148 Million Worldwide

Marking the 10th film in the Star Wars saga and the second "anthology" movie, Solo explores the younger years of Han Solo, the interstellar scoundrel originated by Harrison Ford. (By contrast, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story launched to $155 million in North America.) Deadpool 2 scored an estimated $53.5 million over four days, followed by Avengers: Infinity War ($20.1 million), Book Club ($12 million), and Life of the Party ($5 million), Variety reports. For the three-day premiere, estimates hover at about $83 million. Things are looking even bleaker overseas: Hollywood Reporter reports that Solo bricked and debuted at No. 3 in China, earning a weak $10.1 million. Last week, forecasts ran as high as $150 million for the four-day haul of "Solo".

Walt Disney Co.'s latest offering from the "Star Wars" film franchise opened to disappointing weekend sales in the US and Canada, a rare slip for a movie studio that has dominated the box office for nearly three years with serial-type adventures.

The Star Wars film has broken a Memorial Day weekend record despite these low estimations.

Whatever the studio decides to do with him from here, the decision to bring Darth Maul back is as exciting as it is unexpected, and is yet another reason to go check out Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters. Domestically the film's total now sits at $621.7 million putting it in prime position to pass the first Avengers movie from 2012 in just a matter of days, but Marvel's Black Panther still has a comfortable lead on Infinity War domestically, standing tall at $698.5 million. Internationally, Deadpool 2 brought in another $57 million across 27 markets, making its global total $279.7 million and putting its worldwide gross at $498.9 million after the Memorial Day holiday.

"I'm always loathe to talk about any kind of blockbuster fatigue, but it may have just been too soon for another Star Wars film".

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Meanwhile, the film's troubled production can't be ignored, with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller jettisoned from the project three weeks before production was set to end; veteran director Ron Howard brought in to take over.

A Star Wars Story hit theaters this weekend and came packed with easter eggs, nods to the franchise's past and a whole bunch of fun cameos for audiences to spot.

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". Oscar victor Ron Howard was later brought on to take over. It's a much more competitive time at multiplexes than December, which has been the home for "Star Wars" movies since "The Force Awakens".

Although Maul plays an important part in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series - and, in fact, is killed in that series by none other than Obi-Wan himself - his appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story predates those appearances.

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