Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Official: Movie "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Is A Flop

Solo Movie
After all the feedback came, it is obvious that "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has not been the auspicious continuation of the Star Wars franchise that Disney and Lucasfilm had planned it to be. After several weeks in theaters, its reception at the box office hasn't gotten any better.

Using its earnings as a barometer, it is safe to assume that this might be the first Star Wars movie to officially flop.

This past weekend, Solo earned just US$ 29.3 million — a 65-percent drop from its opening weekend, which was itself a disappointingly low take for a film with its high production budget.

BuzzFeed’s Adam B. Vary broke the numbers down, in two very helpful illustration that show how Solo’s meager reception compares to those of the three most recent Star Wars movies: "The Force Awakens," "Rogue One," and "The Last Jedi." Solo seems to be the first Star Wars movie that audiences are shrugging off as non-essential—perhaps because it tells the backstory of a character who doesn't really need one, or because of the film's troubled production history.

Vary notes that the film also had specific troubles that made it more expensive than it was intended to be — which means it needs to earn even more in order to break even. "Firing SOLO’s original directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller and reshooting much of it is what ballooned the film’s budget so insanely high," he writes. "At this point, Disney and Lucasfilm must be wondering if L&M’s version would have ended up making the same amount of money, or more."

Miller and Lord were fired months into the film’s production over creative differences with Lucasfilm — their vision of a Han Solo movie apparently did not mesh with what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had in mind for the movie. It's possible, however, that something more daring would have at least drawn in a bigger word-of-mouth crowd.

Ron Howard’s version made for a perfectly respectable, safe movie — but maybe, in the days of the polarizing, game-changing revelations of "The Last Jedi," that hasn’t been enough for Star Wars fans.

Critics report that the Star Wars story line started to lose it popularity after "The Last Jedi" was redesigned, reformatted and restructured to suit the liberal PC culture.

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