'Solo' Wins Box Office Crown, But Feels Like Loss for 'Star Wars'

‘Solo’ is really struggling at the box office

Over Memorial Day weekend, they were jolted when Solo: A Star Wars Story battled hard to hit $100 million domestically and bombed overseas with $65 million.

That's what industry insiders are wondering after the opening weekend box office numbers of Solo: A Star Wars Story came in well below estimates in its much-hyped debut. Unfortunately, that production budget did not equate to an outstanding box office for the Star Wars offshoot film.

There are no spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story. In five weeks, its domestic tally has topped $626 million, while globally it has made $1.9 billion. "That's absurd, of course, as usually "new" franchises that bust out of the gate with three $1 billion-plus releases aren't declared DOA after one under-$700 million installment".

Anything that was associated with the name Star Wars was golden, even the prequels in their own way.

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, L3-37 is a progressive, self-made droid who has upgraded and improved herself with scraps of other droids.

Some skeptics may claim that the sour "Solo" box office points to Star Wars fatigue, but the true test of that won't come for almost 19 months, when J.J. Abrams's "Star Wars: Episode IX", the final installment of Disney's first main trilogy, opens right before Christmas. Could we see a Lucasfilm shake-up behind-the-scenes, a la DC Films after Justice League? Perhaps if the movie had released in December, as SW movies usually do, Solo might have done better business.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the film was anticipated to earn between $130 to $150 million upon launch and even started out strong by scoring $14.1 million in Thursday previews, breaking the record for Memorial Day weekend earnings. Simultaneously running superhero flick Deadpool 2 on the other hand opened to the biggest foreign debut for an R-Rated film, surpassing MCU's Avengers:Infinity War.

In the end, they settled on the version that appears in the finished film, after deciding it evoked the style of the classic 1970s heist movies that Solo somewhat resembled while also setting the scene for young Han's story. "I think part of the allure of the "Star Wars" brand in the past has been the long wait".

"Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an example, there will be films with box office returns like 'Avengers: Infinity War, ' but there will also be films with returns like 'Ant-Man, '" said Wade Holden, an analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. 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.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced".

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