'Solo' sputters in takeoff at box office with US$83.3M

5 Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story

5 Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story

Refresh for latest...: Disney/Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story has grossed an estimated $65M in its global box office bow. "We came into the beginning of the year with this one of the most anticipated films".

Its global box office gross is really no better as it brought in a massively disappointing $65 million.

It would have been nice to see General Leia Organa front and center in her own film, but since that's no longer an option, one small reparation might be to get to see her old friend Lando join the now-fledgling rebellion.

Whatever the studio decides to do with him from here, the decision to bring Darth Maul back is as exciting as it is unexpected, and is yet another reason to go check out Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters. Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis told the film news website.

In fact, it had the lowest opening for a Star Wars film since Disney took over the franchise, starting with 2015's The Force Awakens - the first of a trilogy - which took $248m over its first three days. "We gotta spend some time looking at the exits and get a better handle on all the questions".

The Hollywood Reporter reckons that most box-office analysts blame Solo's underwhelming performance on the fact that it debuted just five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, suggesting audience fatigue. "They really should have pushed Solo to Christmas".

"We're in a world where we're in the same conference rooms planning Marvel movies. They each do well and people aren't asking these questions".

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.

It's also worth noting that Ray Park portrays Darth Maul once again in Solo, which is nice for fans, as the actor hasn't touched the role in nearly two decades.

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