“Solo: A Star Wars Story” performed so poorly in the box office that Lucasfilm announced all future Star Wars spinoffs have been put on hold as of Thursday.
“Solo” was the second installment in a planned series of “Star Wars” releases aimed at fleshing out characters and telling stories that are referenced but not shown in the eight central movies. Released May 10, “Solo” gathered a record-low $83 million on its opening weekend, far below the $155 million opening for the prior spinoff “Rogue One.” Lucasfilm put future spinoffs on hold as a result, hurting prospects for fans looking forward to the rumored Obi-wan and Boba Fett-focused movies.
The ill-fated movie told the origin story for Han Solo and introduced his relationship with Lando Calrissian, with the final scenes of the movie heavily implying at least one more installment in the young Solo’s story. Those prospects are less likely now.
“Solo” suffered from leadership changes and a bloated budget during production following the firing of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The new director, Ron Howard, went in a totally new direction and pushed the budget well past $250 million. (RELATED: SJW Politics Have Handed Star Wars Its First Bomb With ‘Solo’)
“Of course we would have hoped for this to be a bit bigger,” Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief told TIME magazine. “We’re encouraged by the response that people have had to the film. It got a good CinemaScore.”
The generally positive reviews haven’t helped its viewership in subsequent weeks, however, grossing just $192 million in the past month domestically, compared to ‘Rogue One’ with its opening month at $424 million. (RELATED: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Is Going To Lose A Ton Of Money)
Lucasfilm’s next main series movie, Episode IX, is still on schedule for its release date on December 20, 2019, however.
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