Some folks have been theorizing that Solo: A Star Wars Story was going to have a disappointing opening weekend. Even I thought the film would falter financially, but by the look of the Thursday night previews, it seems that Disney has nothing to worry about. In fact, Solo: A Star Wars Story is already breaking records.
Solo: A Star Wars Story got an early start on the Memorial Day weekend with Thursday night previews. The Star Wars prequel earned itself $14.1 million on Thursday night, breaking the previous record holder Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The 2007 sequel held the record title with $13.2 million, a milestone that was held for an impressive amount of time but it just couldn’t withstand the Star Wars fandom.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to open at a whopping 4,380 theaters this weekend and is expected to earn anywhere between $130-150 million in over the course of the 4-day weekend. I’ll be honest, between the production shake-ups and the divisive reception to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I was expecting Solo to open with Justice League numbers. Thankfully though, fans seem to be flocking to the film despite the trepidation leading up to its release. The reviews for the film have been fairly positive, with many citing the film as being a fun summer popcorn movie that doesn’t break any new ground but doesn’t ruin its franchise either. Even this cynical fan right here is very curious about the film and am eagerly awaiting my screening tomorrow morning.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Ian Kenny. Here’s the official synopsis:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now!
5 Reasons To Be Excited (And 5 Reasons To Worry) About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
It’s been roughly five months since The Last Jedi came out, which means it’s time for another Star Wars movie! The second anthology film that explores the Star Wars universe’s past, Solo follows a young Han Solo as he becomes a smuggler. Before he had the Millennium Falcon or considered Luke Skywalker one of his best friends, Han was still talking and blasting his away across the galaxy.
A new Star Wars film is typically a cause for celebration, but there’s something different about Solo. The posters and print material all look fun and stylized, but the actual trailer looks gray and unsatisfying. There are a lot of things propping this movie up, mainly that it is about Han Solo, arguably the most popular character in the entire franchise, but there are also a lot of things dragging it down. Hopefully Solo will kick butt, but without Harrison Ford at the center of the action, it’s hard to say!
Hit Next to learn 5 reasons you should be excited (and 5 reasons to worry) about Solo!