‘Solo’ Clears $83M Through Sunday In US, Opening Struggles In China

The estimated box office numbers for director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story continue to come in as the latest report pegs the second Star Wars standalone film as having earned over $83 million through Sunday showings here in the US.

After earning $14.1 million from Thursday night previews, a pre-Memorial Day record, Solo appears to be stalling, and its estimated Friday-Sunday gross of $83.3 million falls considerably short of Rogue One ($155.1 million), let alone The Last Jedi ($220 million) and The Force Awakens ($248 million). Solo’s three-day overseas take — about $65 million, from 88 percent of its foreign markets, including China — is also underwhelming.

Solo got off to a very rough start in the China market, earning a shade over $10 million after being released on the same date as the official US debut.

Putting in one of the worst opening-weekend performances of any Hollywood tentpole of recent memory, Solo: A Star Wars Story earned just $10.1 million in its first frame in China, according to Disney and Lucasfilm. Industry estimates in Bejing had the total even lower at $9.8 million.