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    Quote Originally Posted by jon-el87 View Post
    A New Hope: released May 25, 1977

    Solo: released May 25, 2018.
    An iconic date for sure. Still would've made more sense to release it in the winter.

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    Regarding the meager box office performance that Solo is making, I still place the blame on whoever thought it was a good idea to release it a week after Deadpool 2 and while Infinity War is still making rounds.

    I did decide to do some searching to see if too many movies at once on Memorial Day weekend have done this previously and sure enough they have. For example, X-Men Days of Future Past came out on Memorial Day weekend in 2014 and did $90.8 million on opening weekend and $110.5 million for the total 4-day weekend, which isn't terribly different from Solo's current numbers ($84.4 and 103 million respectively). For reference, Godzilla had come out the week before, Neighbors came out the week before that and The Amazing Spider-man 2 came out at the start of the month. And Maleficent came out the week after DOFP debuted.

    Then in 2016 X-Men Apocalypse came out and only made $79.8 million for the whole 4-day weekend, while Neighbors 2, Angry Birds and Captain America Civil War were still playing.

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    Well, I refused to pay another penny to see a Disney Star Wars film after The Last Jedi, so my cousin paid my way to see it. It was much better than expected. I thought that Alden did a fine job as Han Solo. I didn't even mind watching Woody....he didn't annoy me. I had to take points off for the appearance of a dead (in my eyes) Sith Lord. I hate when they bring back (from the dead) characters simply because they're popular. I'd give this film a B, but instead it gets a C+.


    I guess that my order for Disney Star Wars films:

    1) Rogue One
    2) Solo
    3) The Last Jedi
    4) The Force Awakens
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    I watched enough of the SW animated series to know that Maul was resurrected there and had a significant character arc throughout those series. And Lucasfilm/Disney actually considers these newer series as canon. Still, it is puzzling esp. for viewers who never watched any of those series to see a guy who Obi Wan sliced in half in Episode I to be breathing again, but there you have it.

    I only saw it this Friday, and it was in the middle of the day and most people were still working or at school. There were probably a dozen people tops in the theatre, so I can only assume that some of that was due to some negative reviews and/or the so-called "fallout" of TLJ. I won't discount the Memorial Day/iffy timing so close to Deadpool 2/Infinity War still in theatres etc. as factors -- because they were.

    But I think that the way Disney has approached it, the idea of eventually having SW movies every year and these non-saga spinoffs flicks coming out shortly after their main saga films does run the risk of having "too much" of a good thing. I don't believe that the SW franchise is in dire straits, but I think there is a chance of SW movie-goer fatigue in terms of getting so much content of varying quality, that they don't feel as invested in every SW movie that comes out.

    During the Lucas era, each film was an event and while not all of them were the greatest, as SW fans we knew that we weren't going to get so many movies all at once. Now, they want to put out as many films as they can regardless of whether we actually need/want to see them annually. I expect them to be greedy, sure, but it's clear they thought they can take the SW fandom's loyalty for granted.

    Solo was an entertaining movie, but I wasn't blown away by it either. It was much better than it's being made out to be, and Alden was pretty good as Solo. I expected a bit of a heist-type movie, and that's what I got.

    But Solo's less than stellar box office may reflect the 'canary in the cave' in terms of fans starting to get fatigued with a growing glut of SW movies -- not all of which are directly related to the post-Ep. 7 SW universe. Some fans may also be getting the impression that these 'A Star Wars story' spinoff movies are "optional" viewing, since they don't relate directly to Rey, Finn or Kylo's journey. There's no reason why every SW movie should, but I'd bristle at the notion that Disney would like nothing more but to cannibalize every single thing about the original trilogy - no matter how peripheral - just to put out a movie a year and cash in. There are lessons for them to heed after TLJ and now Solo.

    I will choose quality of content over volume any day. Give me more flicks like Rogue One, and they don't have to be every year, where they proved that you can do a SW movie without Skywalkers, Solos or Kenobis. An entire movie all about Boba Fett -- do we really need to see more about a character whose greatest appeal is that we don't know a lot about him?

    So while the lukewarm box office turnout for Solo can be partly attributed to TLJ-related fan "backlash" against Disney, I feel there are a few more factors at play here, including just poor timing at scheduling Solo when they just had a major SW movie in theatres barely 5 months ago.

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    I'm not sure what to say. Trailers usually hype you up, but this one didn't have that kind of effect on me. The movie just seems so pointless.

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