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...and we have a trailer...

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I will add moving this movie to May was a horrible decision from a box office stanpoint. you look at Dec right now and the blockbusters are Aquaman and Marry Poppins Returns. I think the box office results are less then the idea that people have issues with the movie, and more the issue with people spending money on Avengers and Deadpool and the fact that on Memorial day weekend people are traveling to see family and doing stuff outside. Unlike Winter when going to the movies is the cool thing to do with some off for the holidays.

If this movie came out on Dec 15th, its opening weekend would have been bigger just from a logistics standpoint, but i too think as the word of mouth spreads, the movie has legs. If doesn't, i don't think its a big deal either as since they had to shoot this movie twice, I don't think Disney is expecting record profits. They will probably be happy if it can just break even.
I think there's some truth in what you say. I've honestly wondered why they felt compelled to stick to the May release date for Solo, even despite the extensive reshoots, while they were fine to move the release dates for episodes VIII and IX. Makes you wonder who's making these decisions?

All that said, this one had diminished opening weekend expectations and failed to reach them by a pretty big gap ($83 million as opposed to the expected $140-150 million opening, but still the top box office earner of the weekend). It's better that The Last Jedi, so word of mouth should give it some legs, but it will have a really hard time hitting projections and making that back up. Star Wars movies have generally been "event" type films, so was this just a one off disappointment or should Disney have diminished expectations going forward? I'm sure it will all be analyzed and over-analyzed between now and episode IX.

no one buys a franchise for 4 billion to make art house flicks once every 10 years.
Yeah, I don't think anyone has any doubts that Disney is in this to make money, but the better movies they can put out the more money they can make (just ask Marvel). No one's asking for art house flicks, but the bar needs to be higher than "I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't a disaster" or people will lose interest.
 

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Saw it. This us the first Start a Wars movie I've actually liked since the first 3. But to be fair, I didn't see the Force Awakens.
 

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More thoughts after it's had a few days to marinate...


Yeah, I kind of agree here. My only real criticism of the movie...
Attaching the pirates to the rebels I thought was probably the weakest part of the movie; I kind of liked the idea of a story removed from the larger conflict of the rebellion, and that dumped it right back in the middle of it. Also, the character arc of Han in the first Star Wars is that he goes from being only out for himself to being willing to put the interests of others in front of his own. If Han was always sympathetic to the Rebels it diminishes that a little, and feels like Disney white-washing the character ("he was never really a rogue after all, he was always a white-knight"). I think it would have been fine if the pirates had just been pirates, and might have even helped tighten up the ending a little. Also, making the Rebels a children's crusade made me think of broom boy, and felt like a reminder that this is all about Disney pushing product for kids.
I agree, and for me was really the only negative thing about the movie, revealing the identity served no purpose, added nothing to the story, and just gave fuel to the crazy internet SJW movement that only women in Star Wars have any leadership capabilities. IMO, they should have left the character's identity unknown, and kept it mysterious with unclear intentions, that would have made for a much more interesting character.
 

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I agree, and for me was really the only negative thing about the movie, revealing the identity served no purpose, added nothing to the story, and just gave fuel to the crazy internet SJW movement that only women in Star Wars have any leadership capabilities. IMO, they should have left the character's identity unknown, and kept it mysterious with unclear intentions, that would have made for a much more interesting character.
 

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I saw it last night. A very enjoyable movie. My son loved it, too.

You have to appreciate the arc they took to not make Han a drug smuggler. If you've ever read the Expanded Universe, Kessel was where "Spice" came from, which is the Star Wars version of heroin, I guess. His brag about Kessel run in 12 parsecs always hinted at the fact that Han was the equivalent of the guys in speed boats sneaking Columbian coke into the US.
 

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i thought it was pretty good...i don't really care for the guy playing Han but the rest of the movie carried that just fine
 
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So this story has been out for a couple of days now, that Kathleen Kennedy will be leaving Lucasfilm later this year.

Star Wars Han Solo FLOP and fan boycott: 'Kathleen Kennedy GONE by September'?

Although industry pundits and some sites support the studio head, there has been an extraordinary backlash against the Star Wars franchise and specifically Kennedy herself since the divisive Last Jedi hit cinemas. The remarkably poor performance of Solo is being attributed in part to a massive ongoing fan boycott of Star Wars movies.
The buzz is that they'll frame it as her stepping down in September due to her own fatigue with the series, but that this decision came from Disney. The thing that makes me think there may be some truth to this is that there hasn't been a denial or statement of support.
 

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So this story has been out for a couple of days now, that Kathleen Kennedy will be leaving Lucasfilm later this year.

Star Wars Han Solo FLOP and fan boycott: 'Kathleen Kennedy GONE by September'?



The buzz is that they'll frame it as her stepping down in September due to her own fatigue with the series, but that this decision came from Disney. The thing that makes me think there may be some truth to this is that there hasn't been a denial or statement of support.
I think that is unfair to Kennedy. I think we all can agree that TLJ didn't meet the expectations of many fans, but that was no reason to punish Solo, which was actually a pretty damn good movie. The fanboi's have been raging against Disney because they believe Disney is pushing an agenda that the fanboi's do not agree with. They complained that TFA was nothing but ANH reboot and when they took a risk on TLJ, they raged about how that wasn't their Star Wars. :shrug:
 

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So this story has been out for a couple of days now, that Kathleen Kennedy will be leaving Lucasfilm later this year.

Star Wars Han Solo FLOP and fan boycott: 'Kathleen Kennedy GONE by September'?



The buzz is that they'll frame it as her stepping down in September due to her own fatigue with the series, but that this decision came from Disney. The thing that makes me think there may be some truth to this is that there hasn't been a denial or statement of support.
this sucks
this is going to further empower the manbaby fanbois and they'll be even more insufferable
 

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I think that is unfair to Kennedy. I think we all can agree that TLJ didn't meet the expectations of many fans, but that was no reason to punish Solo, which was actually a pretty damn good movie. The fanboi's have been raging against Disney because they believe Disney is pushing an agenda that the fanboi's do not agree with. They complained that TFA was nothing but ANH reboot and when they took a risk on TLJ, they raged about how that wasn't their Star Wars. :shrug:
I'm not a fanboi and I couldn't care less about the cultural stuff.

I just don't think the movies have been great, with the exception of Rogue One.

For these films to be financially successful they need people like me to see them multiple times. That's the only way to maximize profit on blockbuster movies with their enormous budgets.

Kennedy has absolutely failed to produce movies that create that kind of excitement. With the exception of Rogue One I saw each of these movies in theaters once. That's unheard of for me, I see most of these types of movies at least three times in theaters and I'm a Star Wars fanatic.

In addition, there has been so much chaos with writers and directors being shuffled on and off films and massive reshoots on some of the films (costing massive $$$$).

The fact of the matter is the franchise is underperforming and a chaotic mess under Kennedy. That's unacceptable, especially for Disney.
 

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