Anytime a movie from the Star Wars saga gets released it is done so with the assumption that it’s going to do humongous numbers at the box office. Between its rabid fan base and the marketing dollars put behind each film, especially in the Disney era, there is always high expectations. This is why it was rather surprising that much of the talk over the weekend was the low total that Solo: A Star Wars Story brought in instead of how good the movie actually was, something this writer believes it is.
In spite of the headlines you have been reading about Solo‘s lackluster performance at the box office, it is actually the highest grossing film over Memorial Day weekend since 2014. Solo took in an estimated $103 million stateside over the four-day Memorial Holiday and an estimated $168 million worldwide overtaking Deadpool 2 as the #1 movie.
While it may be the lowest performing film with the name Star Wars attached to it, there are more reasons to blame than the film itself. First of all, Solo is the first “Star Wars” film to not open in December, putting it behind the 8-ball immediately in terms of viewership in theaters. It’s also competing with Deadpool 2 and the behemoth that is Avengers: Infinity War. Going up against two Marvel juggernauts isn’t something that would be wished upon any film, but Han Solo and company still managed to do solid numbers.