For the three-day premiere, estimates hover at about $83 million.
The three-day opening is also a whopping 46 percent below the $155 million launch of the last "Star Wars" anthology film, "Rogue One", and 23 percent below the $108 million made by "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" during its first weekend in 2005. These numbers will be updated Monday.
Its soft start raises important questions about the health of one of Disney's most.
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In Australia the weekend BO dipped by 10 per cent to $17 million, according to Numero, as the sci-fi adventure which co-stars Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson drummed up $6.6 million on 780 screens.
Life of the Party, the Warner Bros. comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, climbed to $4.3 million after earning $593,000 in its third weekend, falling by a reasonable 33 per cent. The budget likely incurred an extra cost beyond normal, as Disney fired directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord just 11 months before the movie came out.
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That's slightly up from yesterday's projection of $101 million, but still well below the $130 million projection expected before the weekend by Disney. There was story and plotting flaws carried over from Force Awakens and even Return of the Jedi.
The spinoff is struggling at the box office and not meeting estimated figures. "Solo" is also not only looking like it will have the lowest opening for a Disney "Star Wars" film, but will also fall lower than the prequels. Star Wars IX is slated to hit theaters in December 2019. "I think part of the allure of the "Star Wars" brand in the past has been the long wait".
Marvel may be able to release several blockbusters in quick order - look no further than last November's Thor: Ragnarok, February's Black Panther and, most recently, Infinity War - but The Force appears to need more breathing room to retain a sense of urgency.
But to reach that range, "Solo" would have needed an overseas boost that it isn't getting at all. It stars Melissa McCarthy as a newly divorced mother who returns to college, only to find herself in class with her (deeply embarrassed) daughter.