China Box Office: 'Solo' Bombs With Third-Place $10.1M Opening

The Hollywood Reporter | 5/27/2018 | Patrick Brzeski
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The Millennium Falcon just malfunctioned and crashed to earth somewhere in China.

Putting in one of the worst opening-weekend performances of any Hollywood tentpole of recent memory, Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story earned just $10.1 million in its first frame in China, according to early estimates from ticketing app Maoyan.

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The sputtering start left the Han Solo origin story lagging in a distant third place behind two holdovers. Chinese romantic comedy How Long Will I Love U dominated with $25 million in its second weekend, while Avengers: Infinity War similarly trounced its fellow Disney title, earning approximately $18 million in its third frame.

The Disney Star Wars films have continually disappointed in the Middle Kingdom (for a deeper dive on why, see here), but the franchise's trajectory in the country is beginning to resemble a death spiral.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $52 million over a two-day opening frame in 2016 (a number already below Disney's forecasts, sources told THR at the time). A year later, Rogue One...
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