Solo: A Star Wars Story is not performing as well as it was initially anticipated.
The Star Wars prequel is now estimated to bring in $101 million in North America over the four-day weekend, reports Variety. For the three-day premiere, estimates hover at about $83 million. Things are looking even bleaker overseas: Hollywood Reporter reports that Solo bricked and debuted at No. 3 in China, earning a weak $10.1 million. Earlier in the week, it was predicted that the film could earn as much as $130 million to $150 million during its debut weekend.
If early estimates had come true, the Disney/Lucasfilm Han Solo movie could have surpassed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End for the best Memorial Day Weekend opening. The Pirates film earned $139.8 million during its debut weekend in 2007.
The Star Wars film has broken a Memorial Day weekend record despite these low estimations. The movie sold $14.1 million in Thursday preview ticket sales, which is a record for the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend. The previous record holder was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which made $13.2 million on the same occasion in 2007.
Solo is the second stand-alone Star Wars anthology film. Rogue One brought in $155 million during its three-day opening weekend in 2016.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a Ron Howard-directed film starring Donald Glover (as Lando Calrissian), Alden Ehrenreich (as Han), Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The prequel follows a young Han Solo, who meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and the gambler Calrissian.