Does Solo: A Star Wars Story Have An After-Credits Scene?

Does Solo: A Star Wars Story Have An After-Credits Scene?

Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, a figure below even the opening weekends of the much-derided "Star Wars" prequels.

Internationally, it opened with $65 million, which many would consider a disappointing figure in lieu of all corresponding factors.

Solo: A Star Wars story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, a character originated by Harrison Ford.

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The $168 million worldwide debut is an especially poor showing when you consider that "Solo" - which required extensive reshoots after director Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller - had a reported production cost of about $300 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Solo also stars Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Jon Favreau. We already had two blockbusters in the form of Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2, both impressing well at the box office and earning big bucks. That makes "Solo" the smallest opening for a "Star Wars" film since 2002.

"Deadpool 2" should easily score the second slot, heading for a $42 million three-day sophomore frame and a four-day total of around $54 million. While reviews were generally positive (71 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), there was little about "Solo" that made the movie a must-see event.

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, L3-37 is a progressive, self-made droid who has upgraded and improved herself with scraps of other droids. Perhaps if the movie had released in December, as SW movies usually do, Solo might have done better business.

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That time might also be valuable for Lucasfilm and Disney to find a way to counter the diminishing returns of its multi-billion-dollar franchise.

While some have mentioned that the "Solo" results were a sign of "Star Wars fatigue" among moviegoers, Dergarabegian argued that the franchise "will be fine".

Even as Disney has perfected the art of the credits scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they've somehow resisted shoehorning them into Star Wars. The numbers out Monday from the industry tracking group comScore are for Friday through Monday at theaters in the United States and Canada.

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