May 28, 2018

By the numbers: How “Solo” compares to other Star Wars films

Members of the 501st Legion Spanish Garrison dressed as Stormtroopers from the movie saga Star Wars. Photo: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The latest Star Wars movie “Solo,” which tells the story of Han Solo, is estimated to gross $101 million over Memorial Day Weekend — a record low for Star Wars movies, CNBC reports.

The big picture: Star Wars films have historically been knock out successes for Disney, but “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has performed far below expectations in the U.S. and overseas. Last week, Disney estimated the film would gross as much as $150 million over the holiday weekend.

  • Internationally, Solo grossed $65 million, with just $10.1 million from China, one of the world's largest film audiences.
  • The budget for the film ended up well past $250 million with a director switch-up in the middle of production.
  • Despite failing to meet expectations, ”Solo” is still leading ticket sales in North America this weekend at $83.3 million CNBC adds, followed by “Deadpool 2“ at $42.7 million and “Avengers: Infinity War“ at $16.5 million.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the last film of the series before Solo, has grossed over $1.31 billion to date, per Forbes.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.