New Star Wars film sputters at the box office

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The New York Times proposes that the Star Wars movies are coming out too frequently which is why Solo a Star Wars story had relatively poor box office.

Going with this trend, Disney anticipated that Solo would mint around $101 million by the end of its four day long weekend. Predictions claimed Solo would open to the tune of $130 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

Internationally, it opened with $65 million, which many would consider a disappointing figure in lieu of all corresponding factors.

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. Directed by Ron Howard, the films stars Alden Ehrenrich as Han Solo and tells the origin story of how this iconic character and also how he met Lando Calrissian and co-pilot Chewbacca. With the rejiggered production, the budget soared well past $250 million.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story had its work cut out for it from the very start. We already had two blockbusters in the form of Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2, both impressing well at the box office and earning big bucks.

Infinity War was third with US$16.5 million, for a five-week total of US$622 million. While the movie wasn't as acclaimed as past Star Wars films (it received a 70 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, the lowest in the Star Wars franchise since the prequels), it ended up being a pleasant surprise for a large number of critics and fans.

Fans were skeptical of Ehrenreich and uncertain about the dismissal of Lord and Miller (the popular filmmaking duo behind "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie").

Given Solo's numerous struggles, Star Wars faithfuls were understandably concerned about the quality of the movie.

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I gave the Last Jedi a decent review when I watched a preview. Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star. "It is summer, after all", said Dergarabedian.

The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading. Solo went after the same demographics as those films, and Deadpool 2 in particular probably drew ticket buyers away from Solo.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

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