Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story


Lucasfilm and Disney are facing a moment of reckoning.

The Jedi Council crew have been covering Solo: A Star Wars Story since the film was announced, so you know Kristian and Ken are excited to finally able to discuss, dissect, and debate the actual film as opposed to trying to gleam insight from trailers, teasers, and clips.

Thanks to Disney, we now live in a golden age of new Star Wars movies and TV shows. Of course, that movie's budget was $8.5 million.

Solo's initial performance marks a rare loss for Disney.

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

Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the franchise has seen opening box office totals spiral downward in the Middle Kingdom, with the trajectory looking like this: Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($52.4M), Rogue One ($30M) and The Last Jedi ($28.1M).

In total, "Solo" grossed an estimated $65 million internationally, which means by Sunday's end it is estimated to have a global weekend total of just $143 million, less than half of the global opening for the last "Star Wars" anthology film, "Rogue One", which opened to $290 million. "There's ten years of business dealings", adds Lawrence.

Last weekend's No. 1 film, Deadpool 2 from 20th Century Fox and Marvel, took second spot this weekend, with a four-day estimate of US$53.5 million. "They each do well and people aren't asking these questions".

"Let's measure how we feel about this until more time passes", Hollis said.

In fourth, with US$12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title - Book Club - that belies its racy story line.

Solo's CinemaScore grade, the result of polling first-night moviegoers, was the first of the franchise since Disney's acquisition to earn only an 'A-' as opposed to an 'A.' That puts its audience reaction on the level of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, all episodes of which also received an 'A-.' At least it's better than the 'B+' received by The Clone Wars. Well, this is Star Wars Ron, it plays by different rules to many other franchises and as such, expectations are always far higher. And although numerous films are in the works, no Star Wars pics are dated after Episode IX, though December 2020 is an obvious date for the continuation of the series.

In third is another heroic blockbuster, "Avengers: Infinity War".

"For me, as fun as that Chewie entrance is, I think seeing Han and Chewie with Jabba [the Hutt] could have equal amounts of fun", says Jonathan. "Everyone acknowledged the risk of releasing another movie five months after Jedi".

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