Last weekend, Avengers: Infinity War took the opening weekend box office record from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If the Star Wars franchise is going to reclaim the mark, it won’t happen this year. But that doesn’t mean spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story won’t still be one of the biggest hits of the summer.
According to Deadline, the early tracking numbers for Solo: A Star Wars Story have it coming in at around $170 million for the four day Memorial Day weekend. That would bring it in well below The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but $15 million above Rogue One, the first Star Wars anthology film from Lucasfilm and Disney.
Solo won’t open for a few weeks, so there is still time for the numbers to go up or down. Even a $150 million debut would put it among the top films of this summer. But it’s going to face fierce competition from Deadpool 2’s second weekend, as well as the lingering Avengers: Infinity War from Disney sister studio, Marvel.
While Lucasfilm has yet to announce firm plans beyond next year’s Star Wars Episode IX, Solo star Alden Ehrenreich recently let it slip that he signed a multi-movie deal with the studio. This implies that Solo could potentially get a few sequels of its own or even a trilogy. But it all depends on how fans respond to it and if it gets enough repeat business. Of course, it does have a few major advantages over Rogue One: Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando are among the franchise’s most popular characters, and we know they won’t die in this movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Friday, May 25.