Has Hollywood hit Star Wars overload?
This weekend might be all about Han, with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but fans of the film are already demanding to get more of the titular scoundrel's frenemy Lando Calrissian.
As it stands, Han Solo looks to debut to a dismal $83 million for its three day weekend and may barely crack $100-101 million for the four day Memorial Day weekend. It's now expected to bring in $114 million from 4,381 theaters domestically over the four-day weekend, down from the $130-150 million range it was tracking at.
Its worldwide box office gross is really no better as it brought in a massively disappointing $65 million.
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"We came into the beginning of the year with this one of the most anticipated films", said Hollis.
The Star Wars movies under Kennedy have become anti-fan friendly.
Compared with opening weekends from a year ago, "Solo" has a lower three day gross than "Justice League" (a major disappointment despite grossing $93.8 million), and the R-rated X-Men entry "Logan", which grossed $88.4 million. "We gotta spend some time looking at the exits and get a better handle on all the questions". "I'm not sure it's so much that people aren't excited for additional stories", he explained, noting that the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to churn out new adventures that do huge business at the box office.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made iconic by Harrison Ford, "Solo" was plagued by production troubles, with Ron Howard replacing directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through shooting. While Solo establishes Qi'ra's past with Han on their homeworld, Corellia, it also leaves several aspects of her history to be revealed at a later time.