Solo's $14.1 million haul for Thursday evening previews topped Pirates' $13.2 million record for a Memorial Day weekend opening in the US.
Don't send your box-office expectations forinto hyperdrive just yet, however.
"While preview grosses are typically not a great barometer of weekend play, the responses from audiences have been enthusiastic setting us up for a great run through the holiday weekend," a Disney spokesman said in a Friday morning box office update.
Solo will pit the sci-fi genre against the superhero genre as it battles with last weekend's champ,. We'll know later in the weekend if Solo looks like it will prevail.