Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. 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.
The United Kingdom leads Solo's overseas market with US$10.3 million, followed by China with US$10.1 million, Australia with US$5 million, and Germany with US$4.3 million.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made iconic by Harrison Ford, "Solo" was plagued by production troubles, with Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through shooting.
Estimates for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" are continuing to fly low. Infinity War added $16.5 million in its fifth weekend to bring its domestic total to $621.7 million and its global sales to $1.9 billion - both among the highest of all-time.
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"Deadpool 2" should easily score the second slot, heading for a $42 million three-day sophomore frame and a four-day total of around $54 million.
That name won't mean much to many, but Star Wars fans who owned a PlayStation (or who have dived into the Star Wars Expanded Universe) will know that Teras Kasi is a deadly martial art taught throughout the galaxy. The latest Johnny Knoxville comedy, Action Point, will be released by Paramount in 2,000 theaters next weekend, and Upgrade with Logan Marshall-Green is also set to enter theaters on June 1st. The second film in "Star Wars'" sequel trilogy debuted with $220 million domestically.
"Despite the fact that Solo performed softer than many had projected, a hugely competitive and crowded marketplace gave the industry one of the better performing Memorial holiday weekend totals", box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Variety.
"It's the compressed timeframe between the two "Star Wars" films and the highly competitive nature of this marketplace".