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It’s a slow start for ‘Solo’ at the Box office

It’s a slow start for ‘Solo’ at the Box office

That's what industry insiders are wondering after the opening weekend box office numbers of Solo: A Star Wars Story came in well below estimates in its much-hyped debut.

Despite receiving mostly positive reviews from the critics - 71% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and a 63/100 from Metacritic- and the usual marketing overload from your pals at the Mouse House, the best Solo could capture from a wide 4,381-screen count was an estimated $83 million. As the first film in the sequel trilogy, "The Force Awakens" launched with a massive $248 million three-day total.

The Han Solo spinoff movie wasn't always a "sure thing" for Lucasfilm.

But tipping the odds in "Solo's" favor is the fact that it's part of a sci-fi franchise that has brought in roughly $9 billion at the worldwide box office, and arguably has the most loyal fan base in pop culture. The movie took in $14.1 million at Thursday night previews, a record for Memorial Day (beating "At World's End", which took in $13.2 million).

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Star Wars, and specifically Solo: A Star Wars Story, deserves better than this.

Based on the drop between projected and actual numbers, moviegoers domestically and overseas were not showing up for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ron Howard took over directing responsibilities from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who exited the project last summer (17) over creative differences with LucasFilm bosses. Internationally, Deadpool 2 brought in another $57 million across 27 markets, making its global total $279.7 million and putting its worldwide gross at $498.9 million after the Memorial Day holiday.

20th Century Fox's superhero film "Deadpool 2" came in second with an estimated 42.7 million dollars in it second weekend, pushing its North American cume to 207.4 million dollars through Sunday.

The new prequel film follows a younger version of Ford's iconic Star Wars character with Alden Ehrenreich starring as Han Solo. The film passed The Last Jedi today to become the seventh-biggest domestic film of all time, and should pass the original Avengers tomorrow to move up to number six on the chart.

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Solo earned about $35.6 million through Friday, including $14.1 million from Thursday grosses, the highest Thursday for a Memorial Day opener.

That's slightly up from yesterday's projection of $101 million, but still well below the $130 million projection expected before the weekend by Disney.

In this field, the "Solo" opening doesn't look so bad. It's amusing how the dialogue in the Star Wars movies can still sometimes surprise you. What most hurt "Solo" was the "fatigue factor" of a May "Star Wars" film following a December one, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

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