To borrow one of Han Solo's lines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "that's not how the Force works!" It's an apt way to sum up the troubled performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. In one of the biggest box-office surprises in recent times, Solo is badly underperforming and will become the first of the Star Wars movies made by Disney and Lucasfilm to lose money. Wall Street analyst Barton Crockett says Solo will lose more than $50 million, while other insiders give a range of $50 million-$60 million. Industry financing souces, however, say that figure could come in at $80 million or higher, although no one knows the exact terms of Disney's deals for home entertainmet and television, among other ancillary revenues. Solo, directed by Ron Howard, isn't likely to gross much more than $400 million globally against a budget of at least $250 million and a major multi-million-dollar marketing spend. The movie lost major altitude in its second weekend of play to finish Sunday with a … [Read more...] about ‘Solo’ Will Lose $50M-Plus in First Defeat for Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Empire
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Deborah Vankin Los Angeles Times Published 12:13 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t exactly take flight this holiday weekend in the way that Disney had hoped. The origin story of Han Solo took the top spot at the box office but underperformed, making an estimated $103 million in its first four days in the U.S. and Canada, when it had been expected to gross $140 million to $150 million. “Solo” — directed by Ron Howard, who replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through production — stars Alden Ehrenreich as the title character, along with Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover. The fact that it’s the second “Star Wars” movie to hit theaters in six months following “The Last Jedi” may have contributed to the weakest opening weekend of any “Star Wars” film since 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” “Solo” also disappointed … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ $100M opening disappoints
By Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr Published 11:26 am, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 NEW YORK — The reaches of the galaxy far, far away might not be quite as vast as previously thought. In a box-office blip that echoed through the multiplexes, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t fare well over the Memorial Day weekend, amassing an estimated $103 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Monday. Most movies dream of such openings, but the standard for “Star Wars” is different, as is the bottom line. “Solo,” which switched directors mid-production, cost more than $250 million to make, and it was expected to debut with around $150 million. For the first time, the “Star Wars” juggernaut was humbled at the box office. The opening marked the worst debut in the franchise’s history, Weekend 2 wasn’t much better as the space saga fell 65 percent with $29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates … [Read more...] about In ‘Solo’ stumble, a crossroads for Disney’s ‘Star Wars’
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrived in theaters over the Memorial Day weekend, and while box office projections predicted the Star Wars spin-off might set some holiday records, the numbers turned out to be far more disappointing. In fact, the Solo box office numbers have it making barely half as much as Rogue One, the first movie to kick off the Star Wars Story moniker. Deadline reports the three-day total for Solo: A Star Wars Story in the United States is just $83.3 million. That’s barely over half of the $155 million that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took home during its opening weekend in December 2016. Even the four-day holiday weekend haul is only going to hit $101 million when all is said and done. These aren’t the final, official numbers, but estimates from the industry analysts who delivers these numbers, and they’re on par with what Disney is estimating themselves. Overseas, the movie isn’t performing well either, with the international numbers only … [Read more...] about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Box Office Disappoints, Pulling in Roughly Half as Much as ‘Rogue One’
BEGIN SLIDESHOWNew D23 Solo: A Star Wars Story cover!D23 has debuted five different covers for their summer issue of Disney twenty-three, with one of the covers featuring Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Qi’Ra from the highly-anticipated prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story. Check out the cover in the gallery below and don’t miss the new trailer!The new issue of Disney twenty-three will give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at this summer’s biggest blockbuster films. There are five different covers for the issue, featuring Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Christopher Robin, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga’s … [Read more...] about New D23 Solo: A Star Wars Story Cover!