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But tipping the odds in "Solo's" favor is the fact that it's part of a sci-fi franchise that has brought in roughly $9 billion at the worldwide box office, and arguably has the most loyal fan base in pop culture. Yet one of its most lucrative franchises is still a flop in the world's second-biggest cinema market.

Despite finishing atop the Memorial Day weekend box office, the latest entry to the "Star Wars" canon from Disney and Lucasfilm, Solo: A Star Wars Story, failed to break the $100 million plateau, managing just $83.3 million.

The force was not with "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the box office.

Not on the level of Deadpool 2 or Avengers: Infinity War, but still doing awesome business just the same is ninth-place finisher A Quiet Place which added another $2.2 million to its $180 million domestic total.

In fourth, with $12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title - "Book Club" - that belies its racy story line.

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But the cause of the spinoff's disappointing performance may have had as much to do with "Star Wars" fatigue ("The Last Jedi" exited theaters just last month) and the stiffer competition of a summer holiday weekend.

Grace Jiang, a 30-year-old office worker in Shanghai, said she took a chance on Solo based on the franchise's reputation, but nearly dozed off halfway through the film. "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste".

Now, Variety is stating that the film is expected to take in $103M over its four-day weekend.

In China, Disney's earlier installment The Last Jedi, was also beaten out by a local romantic comedy, Huayi Brothers Media Corp's The Ex-File 3: Return of the Exes. Third-place finisher Avengers: Infinity War took in $16.5 million to give it an astounding five-week total of $621.7 million. This is bad news for the anthology film, as its predecessors performed way better during their respective opening weekends. Unlike any "Star Wars" release before, "Solo" was deemed - gasp - skippable. The estimates for the movie's three-day opening weekend are here and things aren't looking good for the beloved Nerf Herder.

To compare, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story generated US$155 million over its first three days in theatres in 2016. The exact numbers won't be clear until later in the week, but at the time of writing Solo is set for a four day opening weekend of $101 million.





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