'Logan' director will lead new Boba Fett project

The cause of the spinoff's disappointing performance may be due to Star Wars fatigue

Disney and Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story is now finally in theaters, which means it's time to dig deep into the spoilers. But at the current pace, there's still some question as to whether or not Solo will manage to break $100 million.

Business isn't exactly booming for the galaxy's favorite space smuggler this Memorial Day weekend. The Pirates film earned $139.8 million during its debut weekend in 2007. The movie opened to a disappointing $83.3 million over the three-day weekend, suggesting a $101 million four-day debut. "That sometimes even puts a film that opens with around $100 million under scrutiny".

The holiday isn't the only factor to blame for Solo's rough start.

"There's a ton of momentum in the box office", Dave Hollis, president of domestic distribution at Disney, said of the trio of recent openings - "Solo", "Avengers: Infinity War", and " Deadpool 2". It's the weekend's #3 victor, with $16.5 million.

If "Solo" was a better movie, this would all be moot. For context, the last major Memorial Day new release hit was X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014, which grossed $90 million in three days and $110.6 million over the full four days. And in the case of Solo, critics were left wanting.

Marking the 10th film in the Star Wars saga and the second "anthology" movie, Solo explores the younger years of Han Solo, the interstellar scoundrel originated by Harrison Ford.

The group of marauders also included Star Wars stalwart Warwick Davis, in a role in which he finally got to show his face. Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan.

Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover the star
Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover the star of TV's Atlanta

The character, which has a unique look with a fearsome mask and rocket pack on its back, has been aggressively marketed via toys, comics, video games and more. It's an unexpected lurch towards the Marvel Studios model of cinematic universes that goes beyond the Easter Eggs of earlier movies, and towards a school of thought that expects audiences to watch every movie in the series in case of unexpected crossovers. That is a lifetime ago on the scale of box office inflation.

Solo could still end up being a box office victor in the end.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The most likely outcome here has Solo pulling in enough around the world for Disney to meekly frame it as a success.

Overseas ticket sales are even lower.

A super annoyed Pasifika fangirl who wants a Boba Fett movie featuring his granddaughter, Mirta Gev.

With "Solo" as the only new release of the weekend, the rest of the North American box office will be bolstered by a number of holdovers.

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