A Star Wars Story, the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with an estimated US$101 million four-day take falling far below expectations. Given the huge cost of the film - the budget was rumoured to have doubled owing to expensive reshoots over almost 70% of the film by Ron Howard - there's likely to be some questions asked at the House Of Mouse over its underperformance. And as per Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, 70 percent of the final film was shot (and reshot) by Howard.
"We came into the beginning of the year with this one of the most anticipated films", said Disney's head of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis. Our own Don Kaye was particularly unimpressed by a movie he deemed "relentlessly average." . Solo is Disney's fourth Star Wars movie in as many years and the tenth in the franchise overall.
It's a lot to ask of Star Wars fans to maintain the same level of excitement across that many Parsecs. I'd certainly argue it has more flavor than many a Disney/Marvel movie that've received far more glowing reviews. And the new movie seems to have failed to justify why Disney would recast the beloved character with relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich, leaving critics and wary audiences alike baffled. After a normal Monday, the four-day total for "Justice League" sat at $101.3 million, and "Solo" might need the extra Memorial Day business just to match that amount. If it continues to underperform on Sunday, "Solo" could see it's three-day fall below the $80 million made by "Attack of the Clones" in 2002.
Opening over the Memorial Day weekend, "Star Wars" was thrown headfirst into the cutthroat summer movie season (hits "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Deadpool 2" being the main combatants).
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This number would put it behind Rogue One's $155 million opening weekend and way behind the opening weekends of The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX is set to arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.
"The main two issues that hurt Solo were: One that there was just too short amount of time since the last Star Wars film, and two that it landed in a crazily competitive marketplace", Paul Dergarabedian, senior box office analyst for ComScore, told RealClearLife.