Solo: A Star Wars Story Gets Disappointing Opening Day

Tanya Cunningham
May 28, 2018

The film marks the fourth disappointment of the new Star Wars movies under Kathleen Kennedy, who comes off the disaster that was Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is probably a big factor why Han Solo failed as well. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was terrible and Han Solo comes off as "meh", so why should I bother going to see it? Reports have revealed the film opened to disappointing box office sales over Memorial Day weekend, falling short of its $130 million projection. (The film is expected to finish with $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend).

So even though $101 million is still a solid opening that most film franchises would love to have, success is judged differently for the galaxy far, far away.

Solo made around $65 million in the Friday-Sunday window from worldwide markets-including China-which is not the greatest.

"Solo" may have had in-production drama - the movie's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired over creative differences and replaced by Ron Howard - but you can't equate that with its poor box office. The budget soared past $250 million. Unsurprisingly, the prosperous motion picture trio all inhabit the superhero genre: Deadpool 2 ($125M), Black Panther ($202M) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257M).

As it arrived in theaters, Disney might have been wishing it had instead made a Lando Calrissian spinoff with the red-hot Donald Glover, the star of TV's "Atlanta".

"Solo" went into the weekend on a strong note.

A key will be for Lucasfilm to rebuild that cool factor by the time Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019.

"Solo" had the lowest opening weekend for a "Star Wars" movie since 2005's "Revenge of the Sith". Then came Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Star Wars film that broke the mold and threw the Star Wars Universe into chaos. "Everyone acknowledged the risk of releasing another movie five months after Jedi. It is summer, after all", said Dergarabedian.

Lucasfilm has a chance to not only gain back the confidence of the naysayers, but can set the stage for a triumphant run to Episode IX.

The magic around a "Star Wars" film may be fading. Solo may not be something every Star Wars fan wants to see, but it also could just be a movie many Star Wars fans aren't rushing out to see but want to see eventually. The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams will return to the director's chair, following Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi a year ago. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

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