‘Solo’ Lacks `Star Wars' Mojo as Film Shows Lackluster Sales

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In the largest disturbance yet in Disney's otherwise lucrative reign over "Star Wars", the Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" opened well below expectations with a franchise-low $83.3 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend in North American theaters.

Compared with opening weekends from a year ago, "Solo" has a lower three day gross than "Justice League" (a major disappointment despite grossing $93.8 million), and the R-rated X-Men entry "Logan", which grossed $88.4 million.

As such the film's numbers are fairly ghastly considering that Solo was expected to gross at least $130 million by the industry over four-days and just barely hit $101 million in that time frame. All of this is not necessarily a sign that "Star Wars" is in a long-term decline, but it's an even worse situation for "Solo" considering that the film cost over $250 million before marketing due to extensive reshoots following Ron Howard's much-publicized replacement director hire.

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Thankfully for the film, its budgeted at $110 million, so the film is on its way to turning in a good profit. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and risky criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

Opening over the Memorial Day weekend, "Star Wars" was thrown headfirst into the cutthroat summer movie season (hits "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Deadpool 2" being the main combatants).

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. These are the Star Wars games we wished we could have played. In the days ahead of release, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said a Lando movie is a possibility.

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"The franchise will be fine", Dergarabedian said. The untitled follow-up to "The Last Jedi" is scheduled for December 2019. It's the tenth Star Wars film and the fourth in less than four years. To help propel "Solo" internationally, Disney brought the film to Cannes Film Festival, flooding the French film festival's red carpet with Storm Troopers. Furthermore, in an excellent preservation of continuity, the evil Zabrak is still voiced by Sam Witwer, who gave Park's character new life in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading. Where available, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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