This second episode is derived from the famous saga, after Rogue One released in December 2016, looks back on the youth of Han Solo and is set in the timeline before the first game Episode IV: A new hope (1977).
In a year that's seen three releases enter the domestic top thirty for all-time opening weekends, Deadpool 2 ($125M), Black Panther ($202M) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257M), the box office failure of Solo: A Stars Wars Story is only amplified that much more. "He says 'I have no people.' That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name". This was a guy who has nothing.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story", the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with a $103 million four-day take falling far below expectations.
In fourth, with $13.1 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title - "Book Club" - that belies its racy story line. Famed director Ron Howard took over directing, leading to the majority of the movie being reshot.
Everyone is scratching their heads as to why Solo is underperforming in the box office. While Howard admitted the fact that the film didn't meet projections, the called the film as his new personal best. Although the Star Wars universe has a plethora of incredible villains already, he managed to add in something that seemed fresh and exciting to a generic formula.
A jam-packed May release might have well cut into Solo: A Star Wars Story's success.
"We'd spend two hours looking at this stuff and then we'd think like, 'Well, if this is open sourced, how do we know we're not just listening, to like, some kid, from like, Iowa?'" he laughed.