Solo: A Star Wars Story disappoints at North American box office

29 May, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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Shortly after Solo's box office opening weekend estimates were released, a dedicated Star Wars fan asked Ron Howard on Twitter if he should watch the movie to support its earnings.

However, the holiday weekend found the Star Wars prequel grossing $84 million over three days and an estimated $103 million over four days. "Solo" is another attempt at that, but it made $35.6 million on Friday, about half of what "Rogue One" brought in on its opening day.

Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) board the Millennium Falcon in "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Personally, I enjoyed it more than any of the other recently released Star Wars films, but maybe the overall fandom isn't into it. Solo now has an A- on Cinema Score and a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The latest from Marvel has earned 621.7 million in North Ameican theaters and has a global cume of 1,904.7 million dollars through Sunday. The most recent "Star Wars" instalment, "The Last Jedi", opened internationally in December 2017 with $230 million and went on to generate $712 million overseas.

"Deadpool 2" should easily score the second slot, heading for a $42 million three-day sophomore frame and a four-day total of around $54 million.

Mr Steve Sansweet, president of Rancho Obi-Wan, a non-profit Star Wars memorabilia museum, said: "There is a growing feeling among fans that the movies are starting to come out a little too frequently". Initially, it was to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street - which was great news as those guys have an excellent track record. Unlike any "Star Wars" release before, "Solo" was deemed - gasp - skippable.

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Its soft start raises important questions about the health of one of Disney's most.

That time might also be valuable for Lucasfilm and Disney to find a way to counter the diminishing returns of its multi-billion-dollar franchise.

"The franchise will be fine", Dergarabedian said.

Teras Kasi exists in the Star Wars universe outside of its appearance in the LucasArts game, though it was certainly the most prominent reference to the fictitious martial art.

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