Monday Morning Box Office Report: Solo Flies Low with $83 Million Debut


As expected, Solo: A Star Wars Story easily shot to the top of the box office over the Memorial Day weekend although it wasn’t necessarily cause for celebration at Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie earned just $83 million, falling well short of $130 million predictions and coming in at almost half of the $155 million made by Rogue One. That’s a pretty big gap in expectations. There are several possible reasons why the movie may have underperformed including Star Wars fatigue (The Last Jedi came out just five months ago) and intense competition from The Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Some are also claiming that the fan backlash from Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a factor but that seems unlikely to have affected most mainstream moviegoers. Elsewhere Deadpool 2 fell 66% in its second weekend, earning $42.7 million, while The Avengers: Infinity War dropped to third but is in the process of passing The Avengers and Star Wars: The Last Jedi to become the #6 movie of all time domestically. Book Club and Life of the Party rounded out the top 5.

1. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $83.3M
2. Deadpool 2 — $42.7M
3. The Avengers: Infinity War — $16.5M
4. Book Club — $9.5M
5. Life of the Party — $5.1M
6. Breaking In — $4.1M
7. Show Dogs — $3.1M
8. Overboard — $3M
9. A Quiet Place — $2.2M
10. RBG — $1.1M

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  • Lori Cerny

    SW fatigue or lack of charisma?

  • Jake

    I guess we will never know. I am curious myself, if this is more representative of the back lash against the lead (and other things) or the fatigue. It was probably a little of both. I still don’t understand why they opted for the May release.

  • 1138sw

    Ummm wow was expecting this movie to do around 100 mil, but 83? whoa!

    I thought the advanced tickets sales had this movie projected at 145? I guess that was wrong too.

    Either way I do think TLJ backlash had some part in this movie not performing. To be honest I was surprised how bad the backlash was and how there was so much of it. I thought I was the only one that did not enjoy TFA or TLJ for that matter, but there seems to be quite a bit of backlash from a sizeable portion of the SW community.

    I’m gonna see this movie anyway out of curiosity. Plus I like Chewie!

  • Mark D.

    I’m a huge cynic about these new Disney SW films and gave up after TLJ – and I was one of the harshest critics of the idea of a “young Han Solo” movie for a variety of reasons. But I have to admit, I thought it was mostly fantastic. There were a couple of things I would have changed, and yes, it’s still totally unnecessary, but given all of that, I thought it was the first thing Disney’s done that had the spirit of the original trilogy in it. And it was good to have some romance and unabashed *fun* back in a SW film. It figures that this would be the one that would bomb. Truly disappointing, as I thought it was about 75% perfect.

  • Jameson

    This feels like a repeat of Justice League where you’re coming off an extremely polarizing film (BvS, Last Jedi) and the entire film changes directors midway to reshoot the entire thing. On top of that, none of the trailers were that great and, yeah, no one was really asking for a Han Solo movie…especially without Harrison Ford.

  • Lisa V Benson

    Really enjoyed this movie! It was nice not to hear references about the “force” and wasn’t super cheesy. I also liked the surprise guest at the end.

  • Beat_C

    international numbers are even poorer.