Uh Oh, Things Might Not Be Looking Great for Solo

28 May, 2018, 19:16 | Author: Heather Diaz
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We learned today that the Ron Howard-directed space western made just $83.3 million in its opening weekend, which is a total worse than Justice League ($93.8M), another highly anticipated release that severely underwhelmed at the box office.

The latest installment struggled over the Memorial Day weekend, securing $103 million in 4,381 North American locations over the four-days, according to Monday estimates.

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.

This number would put it behind Rogue One's $155 million opening weekend and way behind the opening weekends of The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. That is also at a budget far less than Solo, which after reshoots is speculated to be at $250 million (although some have claimed without sourcing it is upwards of $300 million). It also marks the lowest debut for the modern Star Wars films.

Early estimates placed the second Star Wars spinoff at somewhere in the region of $114 million in the U.S., however Variety is now reporting that its take over the past three days is at $84 million with a four-day total expected at $101 million.

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".

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As it turns out, an intended franchise with the title Solo may have to be just that-a solo, one-and-done affair.

Despite Solo's slow start, Disney is of course moving forward on more Star Wars movies. The Star Wars movies under Kennedy have become anti-fan friendly.

"I'm always loathe to talk about any kind of blockbuster fatigue, but it may have just been too soon for another Star Wars film".

We here in JOE think Ehrenreich was a highlight of the movie - check out our long-read review right here - and we were lucky enough to sit down with the actor in the lead-up to the release of the movie.

In addition to next year's Episode IX, the studio has reportedly been proceeding with two new trilogies and a Boba Fett standalone film. "It is summer, after all", said Dergarabedian.

To say Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi had a polarizing effect on Star Wars fans would be an understatement. To help propel "Solo" internationally, Disney brought the film to Cannes Film Festival, flooding the French film festival's red carpet with Storm Troopers. The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams will return to the director's chair, following Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi previous year. Where available, the latest global numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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