The estimated four-day take of $US101 million over the Memorial Day weekend in the United States was around $US30 million less than most pundits predicted.
Earlier this month, Disney made a lofty box office prediction for the stand-alone Han Solo film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Three-day opening estimates are now sitting at $82 million, well below the $108.4 million "Revenge of the Sith" made in its first weekend.
The weak performance by "Solo" is due more to three big obstacles - opening over Memorial Day weekend, "Star Wars" fatigue, and the movie's lackluster reviews.
It's likely few people were bothered that Ron Howard took over as the director mid-shoot with the abrupt departure of Chris Lord and Phil Miller, whose penchant for improvisation evidently didn't sit well with the franchise overlords.
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But to reach that range, "Solo" would have needed an overseas boost that it isn't getting at all. Perhaps Memorial Day wasn't the ideal time.
Wallis Cinemas programming manager Sasha Close points to the release date, telling IF: "A week after Deadpool 2 is a big ask for any film, even one based on the most well-known and record-breaking franchise".
"Solo" had the lowest opening weekend for a "Star Wars" movie since 2005's "Revenge of the Sith". Howard not only took the bull by the horn during re-shoots, but he also garnered praise from fans for his enthusiasm and genuine love for the film.
The Paramount film tells the story of four aging friends - Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen - who decide to read the steamy book Fifty Shades of Grey and find it stimulating more than just their intellects.
"The Last Jedi" also flopped in China (it was pulled from theaters after a week), and Rian Johnson's movie - even though it grossed $1.3 billion worldwide - showed relatively weak legs at the box office, while proving divisive among "Star Wars" die-hards.