'Solo' Sputters at Box Office, Raising Worries of 'Star Wars' Fatigue

Last week, forecasts ran as high as $150 million for the four-day haul of "Solo".

It has become a common narrative in modern Hollywood that a film that performs mediocre or even poorly at the domestic box office can redeem itself overseas.

Solo made around $65 million in the Friday-Sunday window from worldwide markets-including China-which is not the greatest.

"Solo" came in with a Millennium Falcon's worth of baggage following the mid-production firing of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were replaced by Ron Howard.

Thankfully for the film, its budgeted at $110 million, so the film is on its way to turning in a good profit.

"Solo" also had stiff competition.

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). Now, the film is expected to gross $101 million through Monday, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. Reviews have been mixed to positive, while audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. Star Wars films were once enigmatic and rare events, but Solo is the second release in five months - following Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Could Lando show up in Star Wars: Episode IX? But pleasing diehard Star Wars fans in North America while finding a fresh way to appeal to Chinese moviegoers might take nothing less than a marketing miracle - could Boba Fett have been Jackie Chan under the helmet all along? In the days ahead of release, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said a Lando movie is a possibility.

The origin story scripted by father and son Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan, which reportedly carries the hefty price tag of $US300 million, ranked at No. 1 in most territories but it was just the fourth-biggest opening weekend of the year in Oz.

The Jedi Council crew have been covering Solo: A Star Wars Story since the film was announced, so you know Kristian and Ken are excited to finally able to discuss, dissect, and debate the actual film as opposed to trying to gleam insight from trailers, teasers, and clips. "I think part of the allure of the "Star Wars" brand in the past has been the long wait".

So, what does this mean for Star Wars going forward? To help propel "Solo" internationally, Disney brought the film to Cannes Film Festival, flooding the French film festival's red carpet with Storm Troopers.

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