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Box office: Solo falls short over Memorial Day weekend with underwhelming returns

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May 27, 2018

Despite its debut on an extended holiday weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to underperform at the box office, with $83 million by the end of Sunday and $101 million at the end of the four-day Memorial Day weekend, reports Variety. Internationally it's not even making a dent, with a meager $65 million debut on track to turn into a total of $148.3 million, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

This comes as a shock to those who predicted it would open to a stellar $130 million - $150 million. Nevertheless, this wasn't entirely surprising, as reports dating back to January posited that the second Star Wars anthology movie could fail to meet certain expectations at the box office. This, of course, was made before Disney and Lucasfilm engaged in a massive publicity campaign, which began at the Super Bowl. At the time, many feared the lack of marketing was a sign that Disney was not confident in the film, which had gone through a somewhat troubled production.

And while Solo isn't receiving negative reviews (far from it), critics aren't exactly hailing it as a masterpiece. Critics are calling it merely passable fun, and with a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, Han's origin story is certified fresh, but still the worst-rated live-action Star Wars movie since Attack of the Clones and the worst-rated Star Wars movie in general since the animated Clone Wars movie. The last standalone, Rogue One, debuted to $155 million before going on to make more than $1 billion worldwide. 

Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han and tells the story of how the smuggler made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Jon Favreau co-star.

Despite dissapointing box-office returns, Solo will still take the top spot this week domestically, wihile Deadpool 2 comes in second with an estimated $42 million for the three-day weekend at $54 million for the four-day weekend.

Avengers: Infinity War should take third place with $16.9 million by tonight and  $22.1 million by tomorrow.