June 19, 2018

‘Solo’ stalling at the box office with $101 million four-day opening

29 May 2018, 02:30 | Clyde Nash

‘Solo’ stalling at the box office with $101 million four-day opening

‘Solo’ is really struggling at the box office

Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters on May 25, and reviews were mixed.

Alden Ehrenreich, the title star of "Solo", has said he's contractually signed for multiple Star Wars films, but "Solo's" opening should cause Disney and Lucasfilm to become wary about which spinoff origin stories they tell going forward - and about how closely they cluster their movies. Deadline is reporting that the film is lagging behind box office estimates so far this weekend and might not turn a profit.

After almost a year of major speculation about the fate of Disney and Lucasfilm's latest standalone/spinoff film from that galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't so much come in for a smooth landing during its Memorial Day opening weekend at the box office as it skidded across the runway while losing its landing gear along the way. Solo's three-day overseas take - about $65 million, from 88 percent of its foreign markets, including China - is also underwhelming.

"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.

This is uncharted territory for Star Wars since Disney purchased the franchise. If you're eager to learn how Han Solo met Chewie and became the charming smuggler we all know and love, Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in theaters. Solo was projected to potentially dethrone that movie, but it came nowhere close to doing that.

There are no spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story. As well as starting work on the new trilogy which has already given us The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Disney also started a series of spin-off, stand alone films.

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To put that in perspective, Deadpool 2's domestic debut weekend was $125m, and Avengers: Infinity War's was an incredible $250m (the biggest of all time).

It's a lot to ask of Star Wars fans to maintain the same level of excitement across that many Parsecs.

Catalan writer-director Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop, an adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's novella about a young widow (Emily Mortimer) who scandalises a Suffolk town in the 1950s by opening a bookshop and selling controversial fiction, checked in with a respectable $537,000 on 123 screens with previews, released by Transmission Films.

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

"I'm not sure it's so much that people aren't excited for additional stories", he explained, noting that the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to churn out new adventures that do huge business at the box office.

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