Stars Wars: 20 Worst Franchise Moments (So Far)

‘Solo’ is really struggling at the box office

Disney/Lucasfilm's "Solo" instead had a $103 million domestic debut for the four-day holiday and grossed $84.8 million for the standard three-day weekend - or barely one-third of what Disney's first Star Wars reboot, "The Force Awakens", opened to ($248 million) less than three years ago.

That might sound harsh-especially as I personally really liked Solo-but there is no way to spin the movie falling well short of expectations with an opening three-day weekend that looks to be about $83.3 million and a four-day weekend that is closer to $101 million (as per official studio estimates).

In the global markets, "Solo", starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role made iconic by Harrison Ford, grossed $65 million in its opening weekend, including a paltry $10.1 million in China. Solo also had a lower opening than 2005's Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which debuted to $108.4 million.

The Han Solo origin story, which stars Alden Ehrenrich in the titular role that Harrison Ford made famous in four previous Star Wars films, also had been besieged by bad press from the beginning of production.

As Solo hits cinemas, we're already back into Star Wars fever mode. Solo also stars Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Jon Favreau.

Coincidentally, as Ron Howard's movie details a series of Han's early exploits, the film's biggest heist, which eventually provides Han a career-defining moment, is actually put into play by a scheme lifted straight from two films in the original Star Wars trilogy - one that involves using everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca, as a prisoner.

A key will be for Lucasfilm to rebuild that cool factor by the time Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019.

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The second standalone "Star Wars" anthology film has received mixed reviews.

The story overseas is just as bad, too - Solo rolled out everywhere but Japan over the weekend, at it did bombed pretty much everywhere, bringing in just $65 million TOTAL overseas, including a lowly, miserable $10.1 million in China. With "Solo" opening five months after "The Last Jedi", audiences just weren't motivated for another story from the saga that quickly, even one about one of its most legendary characters.

So what do the returns for "Solo" mean for the franchise going forward?

"Star Wars is still a gold standard brand for movie franchises", said Dergarabedian.

So, it's three for three when it comes to heroes in the Star Wars universe deceiving their opponents by using Chewie as misdirection.

What did you think of the latest Star Wars spinoff?

To come in well under projected box office returns can not and should not be understated. He, too, is replacing a fired director after Colin Trevorrow departed last fall.

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