Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story

Questions After Solo: A Star Wars Story

This is a very, very bad thing for a movie to not do.

If Solo: A Star Wars Story left you eager to see more of the film's ensemble of characters, a new Forces of Destiny short might be right up your alley. "Ant-Man" arrived to $57.2 million in initial ticket sales in 2015.

The number, while being the biggest Memorial Day Weekend debut in the last four years, is also solidly under industry expectations. However, the film faced tough competition from Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, which took second and third place, respectively. The previous record holder was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which made $13.2 million on the same occasion in 2007.

A Star Wars Story is now in theaters and it's put the dashing scoundrel Lando Calrissian back in the public eye.

The writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gary Whitta, is always pretty amusing on Twitter, but he outdid himself with this picture of a sketch that he did of the Death Star firing on Scarif from the last act of the bleak and lovely Star Wars Story. Internationally, it opened with a disappointing $65 million for a worldwide three-day weekend of $148 million.

"Solo" may have had in-production drama - the movie's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired over creative differences and replaced by Ron Howard - but you can't equate that with its poor box office. Disney and Lucasfilm are not only creating the ninth installment in the flagship series that "A New Hope" kicked off in 1977, but they're also releasing anthology stories focused on singular characters.

One the one hand, that's not a huge dent to Solo's opening days in theaters. It's sure to earn more than most movies do, simply because it's a Star Wars. While we're all for calling on Disney to get going already on a Leia movie, a Padmé movie, an Ahsoka Tano movie, and everyone else who deserves one, there's no reason to pit women against POC for representation when we can have both. That's good enough to top only two of the three prequel films (Revenge of the Sith scored higher), as well as the three-TV-episodes-in-one "movie" for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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