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Box Office: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Stumbles With $103 Million Holiday Opening

FILE PHOTO: 71st Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film
FILE PHOTO: 71st Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "Solo: A Star Wars Story" out of competition - Red Carpet - Cannes, France May 15, 2018. Director Ron Howard poses with cast members Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and producer Kathleen Kennedy after the screening. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) — The force was not with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the box office.

The latest installment struggled over the Memorial Day weekend, securing $103 million in 4,381 North American locations over the four-days, according to Monday estimates. It came in way under projections, opening with $84.7 million over three days, and just $148 million globally.

“Solo” represents the lowest opening for a “Star Wars” film since Disney took over the franchise starting with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” As the first film in the sequel trilogy, “The Force Awakens” launched with a massive $248 million three-day total. A year later, “Rogue One” debuted with $155 million, while the most recent installment before “Solo” — “The Last Jedi” — bowed just five months ago in December 2017 with $220 million.

“Solo” did help land the best domestic Memorial Day weekend since 2014 when “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was the top film. However, it wasn’t enough to land the highest Memorial Day opening. That title still belongs to “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which debuted with $139.8 million in 2007.

The second stand-alone “Star Wars” anthology film has received mixed reviews. It currently holds an A- CinemaScore, along with a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Solo” was the only wide release this weekend, meaning the rest of the North American box office consists of a series of holdovers.

“Deadpool 2” slid to No. 2, where it should make $53.5 million from 4,349 screens over four-days. That would bring its domestic total up to $218.2 million.

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In third is another heroic blockbuster, “Avengers: Infinity War.” The Marvel and Disney title’s scored $21.2 million in 3,768 locations. In five weeks, its domestic tally has topped $626 million, while globally it has made $1.9 billion.

“Book Club” landed in fourth during its sophomore outing. Paramount’s latest comedy took in $9.5 million for the three days on 2,810 screens. Its domestic total should read $34.2 million after an estimated $12 million for the four-day weekend.

That leaves Warner Bros.’ “Life of the Party” at No. 5, with an estimate of $6.6 million from 2,937 locations for the four days. Its three-day total was $5 million, while its three-week domestic grosses should land at $40.6 million.

Also in the top 10 is the little documentary that could — “RBG.” The title centered on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made $1.5 million on just 415 screens over the four-day weekend. In four weeks, the Magnolia and Participant Media film has grossed an impressive $6 million.

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