Star Wars is off the pedestal and must deliver quality stories

Yolanda Curtis
May 29, 2018

However, the fanbase who did see Solo appears to have enjoyed the experience, giving it an "A-" as per industry WOM tracker CinemaScore (notably the previous Disney Star Wars movies have all earned an "A"). The Disney and Lucasfilm prequel opened with a debut estimated around $83.3 million over three days and $101 million over four domestically, and even less overseas. However, the movie has struggled to attract fans with Deadline reporting it will take just $114.2m, the worst opening weekend for any of the Disney-produced Star Wars movies.

The dire numbers will definitely result in some soul searching at the studio, said Disney's worldwide distribution chief Dave Hollis.

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The David Leitch-directed film stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. But following its purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012 for a whopping $4.05 billion, Disney took a far more aggressive approach to the franchise, with plans to release a new Star Wars film each year, beginning in 2015 with the debut of a new trilogy, for ... well, the foreseeable future. Alden Ehrenreich plays the title role, joined by Emilia Clarke as first love Qi'ra, Joonas Suotamo as trusty sidekick Chewbacca, and Donald Glover as fellow rogue Lando Calrissian. The movie took in $14.1 million at Thursday night previews, a record for Memorial Day (beating "At World's End", which took in $13.2 million). Internationally, Deadpool 2 brought in another $57 million across 27 markets, making its global total $279.7 million and putting its worldwide gross at $498.9 million after the Memorial Day holiday. Suffice to say that, should there be any more entries in this sub-series, Enfys Nest is one of the figures we most look forward to seeing more of. "We are all over it and will spend a lot of time digging into why things happened the way they did in various markets". From Solo's ending, it's also apparent that Lucasfilm had planned more installments in the story of the scruffy-looking scoundrel. "Marvel [likewise owned by Disney] has proven time and time again you can release movies year-in-and-year-out, but they are dealing with a cast of all-new characters for the most part, while sprinkling in old favorites here and there". It's amusing how the dialogue in the Star Wars movies can still sometimes surprise you.

It turns out "Star Wars" is not bulletproof.

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Bock also questions whether Solo suffered from a bad release date - or an underlying "content" problem.

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