What do you think of Solo raking in meager bucks at the box office?
Shortly after Solo's box office opening weekend estimates were released, a dedicated Star Wars fan asked Ron Howard on Twitter if he should watch the movie to support its earnings. Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters in December 2017 and collected $220 million domestically over the first weekend.
Disney's other big-ticket offering, Avengers: Infinity War, continued to be a draw in its fifth weekend where it earned $16.4 million from 3,768 theaters. Without spoiling it for those that have yet to see it, Solo is a profoundly uneven movie yet it manages to be a lot of fun especially when Donald Glover's pitch-perfect Lando is on screen.
Just five months after the last Star Wars film had been released, Solo: A Star Wars Story premiered in cinemas this weekend.
In the new anthology film, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is besotted with Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), a childhood friend who eventually finds herself taken in by the villainous crime syndicate Crimson Dawn. "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste". Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July a year ago, coming roughly seven months after release. Solo opens next weekend in Croatia and Trinidad.
Given Solo's numerous struggles, Star Wars faithfuls were understandably concerned about the quality of the movie. It was also the subject of a 1997 video game, with the critically derided Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi seeing the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and more go one-on-one in an underwhelming fighting game. All in all, it must be considered a disappointing opening given the lofty expectations for the film.
To compare, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story generated US$155 million over its first three days in theatres in 2016.
The United Kingdom leads "Solo's" overseas market with $10.3 million, followed by China with $10.1 million, Australia with $5 million, and Germany with $4.3 million.
In contrast, 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens rang up $247 million during its first weekend in release. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office is up 7.6%.
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