Box Office Weekend: Solo: A Star Wars Story Debuts on Top

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What do you think of Solo raking in meager bucks at the box office?

Shortly after Solo's box office opening weekend estimates were released, a dedicated Star Wars fan asked Ron Howard on Twitter if he should watch the movie to support its earnings. Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters in December 2017 and collected $220 million domestically over the first weekend.

Disney's other big-ticket offering, Avengers: Infinity War, continued to be a draw in its fifth weekend where it earned $16.4 million from 3,768 theaters. Without spoiling it for those that have yet to see it, Solo is a profoundly uneven movie yet it manages to be a lot of fun especially when Donald Glover's pitch-perfect Lando is on screen.

Just five months after the last Star Wars film had been released, Solo: A Star Wars Story premiered in cinemas this weekend.

In the new anthology film, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is besotted with Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), a childhood friend who eventually finds herself taken in by the villainous crime syndicate Crimson Dawn. "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste". Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July a year ago, coming roughly seven months after release. Solo opens next weekend in Croatia and Trinidad.

In this image released by Lucasfilm Alden Ehrenreich right and Joonas Suotamo appear in a scene from

Given Solo's numerous struggles, Star Wars faithfuls were understandably concerned about the quality of the movie. It was also the subject of a 1997 video game, with the critically derided Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi seeing the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and more go one-on-one in an underwhelming fighting game. All in all, it must be considered a disappointing opening given the lofty expectations for the film.

To compare, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story generated US$155 million over its first three days in theatres in 2016.

The United Kingdom leads "Solo's" overseas market with $10.3 million, followed by China with $10.1 million, Australia with $5 million, and Germany with $4.3 million.

In contrast, 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens rang up $247 million during its first weekend in release. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office is up 7.6%.

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