China, on track to overtake the U.S.in movie ticket sales by 2020, is an important market for Hollywood films, including some franchises like Universal Pictures' "Fast and Furious", which has sometimes generated more revenue in the country than in North America.
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.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opened well below earlier projections with a domestic three-day gross of $83.3 million and outright bombed overseas, earning $65 million at the worldwide box office.
On top of that, Disney would surely prefer a year-end launching pad going forward, rather than a summer bow. Each did blockbuster business and were the biggest films of their respective years (2015, 2016 and 2017). If it continues to underperform on Sunday, "Solo" could see it's three-day fall below the $80 million made by "Attack of the Clones" in 2002.
These opening numbers may seem stellar for most movies, but the sci-fi was eclipsed by Deadpool 2's $125 million debut last week.
The "Solo" three-day is also falling below another film that underperformed relative to its franchise pedigree: "Justice League".
"Let's measure how we feel about this until more time passes", he added.
In the middle of last week, "Solo" was projected to earn between $130 million and $150 million on 4,381 screens. We knew there was something special about this ship, and this film gives us a reason why.
That's the silver lining Disney and Lucasfilm are counting on.
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But to reach that range, "Solo" would have needed an overseas boost that it isn't getting at all.
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