The Force is not very strong with this one. Despite Disney’s high hopes, Solo: A Star Wars Story has been a box office disappointment.
Ron Howard, who took over as director of the Han Solo standalone movie less than a year before its release date, tweeted: “Didn’t meet projections but amounts to a new personal best.”
According to the BBC, analysts had predicted that the movie – starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover – would take between $130m (£97.6m) and $150m (£112.7m) on its debut weekend in North America.
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But despite promising reviews, the numbers have not lived up to the studio’s hopes.
In North America, the movie came in well below estimates at $103m (£77.4m) across the first four days, with a further $168m (£126.2m) from overseas – including the UK.
In fact, Solo: A Star Wars Story had the worst opening weekend of any Star Wars movie since Disney bought Lucasfilm and took over the franchise. The Force Awakens took $248m in North America in its first three days, while The Last Jedi took $220m.
Even standalone movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened to $155m domestically.
The movie’s underwhelming performance could be a result of “box office fatigue” – given The Last Jedi was only released in December.
“We are all over it, and will spend a lot of time digging into why things happened the way they did. We have a year and a half before Episode IX comes out,” Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’ve had so much success. The previous three Star Wars films did $4 billion worth of business at the box office, so it doesn’t feel like saturation is necessarily an issue, but we are still answering all of the questions.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available in UK cinemas now