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

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Yes, Disney is already re-evaluating and looking into what went wrong with the tepid response to Solo, but for the time being, the Star Wars spin-off is not blasting off to the sky-high expectations that Disney and many outlets expected. Most box-office analysts say the main problem is the fact that Solo debuted just five months after Star: Wars: The Last Jedi hit the big screen, resulting in a clear-cut case of audience fatigue with the Star Wars extended universe. Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi all opened in mid-December and had no direct competition. Some were downright angry.

Lucasfilm has a chance to not only gain back the confidence of the naysayers, but can set the stage for a triumphant run to Episode IX.

Even before this weekend, it was considered a tall order for "Solo" to hit $1 billion worldwide the way the last three "Star Wars" films have done in the holiday season. There isn't anything inherently right or wrong with either of these two types of films. The explanation is in here. There were also new ideas that I was able to bring to the table. Moviegoers gave "Solo" an A-minus grade in CinemaScore exit polls. For a stellar film like Solo, to be undersold in the way it appears to have been, that's a crying shame.

The Han Solo spinoff movie wasn't always a "sure thing" for Lucasfilm. Initially, it was to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street - which was great news as those guys have an excellent track record. Oscar victor Ron Howard was later brought on to take over. But Solo doesn't redefine the formula in any way, it is more or less harmless entertainer. To that end, Howard's late-stage inclusion does just the trick.

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The 28-year-old certainly has a habit of showing up and delivering when it matters most. "I hate when anybody gets hurt". It also comes from him just loving the game, loving to play and loving these moments, he just took full advantage of it.

There are a lot of factors that could be contributing to the slow start.

If "Solo" was a better movie, this would all be moot. They still find countless opportunities for the high-octane adventure fans of the series will be clamoring for, though, and the film delivers an abundance of grin-inducing moments throughout. To be fair to Ehrenreich, following Harrison Ford is next to impossible for anyone, especially after 40 years of history tied up in Ford.

What it was like filming the train sequence and how it was a very long shoot.

The supporting cast are equally impressive, particularly Woody Harrelson's perfidious criminal Tobias Beckett and Paul Bettany's scene-stealing, fiendish crime lord Dryden Vos. I recently saw the film, and while Ehrenreich makes a valiant effort to pull off young Ford (at times the mimicry is uncanny) he still doesn't have that rapscallion spirit or the movie star quality that Ford brought to the original films. Glover has the mannerisms and speech down for his character, previously played by Billy Dee Williams, but even he seems to have been given the short stick in terms of screentime.

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