After earning $14.1 million from Thursday night previews, a pre-Memorial Day record, Solo appears to be stalling, and its estimated Friday-Sunday gross of $83.3 million falls considerably short of Rogue One ($155.1 million), let alone The Last Jedi ($220 million) and The Force Awakens ($248 million).
China, on track to overtake the U.S.in movie ticket sales by 2020, is an important market for Hollywood films, including some franchises like Universal Pictures' "Fast and Furious", which has sometimes generated more revenue in the country than in North America. The film opened ot a paltry $65 million internationally.
"Solo" also had stiff competition.
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It seems that will not be Solo's story.
It's a lot to ask of Star Wars fans to maintain the same level of excitement across that many Parsecs.
Chinese time swap romance, "How Long" had been the previous weekend's surprise package, when it opened in second place.
Even before this weekend, it was considered a tall order for "Solo" to hit $1 billion worldwide the way the last three "Star Wars" films have done in the holiday season.
One potential issue for the movie was when it was released. "The good news is that the next film isn't until December 2019". We learn that since his encounter with the Jedi on Naboo, Maul survived being cut in half and eventually went on to become the leader of the Crimson Dawn Criminal Syndicate, which is shown in Solo. Its release comes just five months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.