Solo: A Star Wars Story heads into memorial day weekend with a box office record. In the video above, Collider Jedi Council's Kristian Harloff and Ken Napzok offer their no holds barred review of Ron Howard's first entry into the Star Wars universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Star Wars prequel about the early years of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich, taking over the character from Harrison Ford) is on track for a three-day domestic take of $83.3 million in its opening weekend - a far cry from the $155 million that Rogue One brought in domestically in its 2016 opening weekend. The Millennium Falcon has been through some tough space battles before, but this is a very disappointing result for the film that's been decently received by critics and many folks who've gone to the theater to see it. The latest Star Wars spin-off didn't do well overseas either, grossing just $68 million for a global launch of $171 million.
The dire numbers will definitely result in some soul searching at the studio, said Disney's worldwide distribution chief Dave Hollis.
Compared with opening weekends from previous year, "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.
"There's a question of frequency, and how many times people will go to the movies".
Yes, the Sith Lord is back in action and it's a pretty big deal, as this is the first time a Star Wars movie has followed up on a major development that happened in a different medium.
The Last Jedi, released in December, took $220m.
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.