Wednesday, June 19, 2024

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Preview Record with $14 Million


A lot of people are rooting for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” to fail this weekend at the box office. Sorry, not going to happen.

Last night “Solo” broke a Memorial Day weekend preview record with $14.1 million. It picked up another $11 million internationally. It’s off to an excellent start.

Boxofficemojo points out that “Solo” beat “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” for the preview title. That movie went on to have a $139 million Memorial Day weekend opening.

Everyone wants something different from “Solo.” And the nitpicking against it is hilarious. Ron Howard is a terrific director. He kept the parts of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s movie that worked, and re-filmed the rest of it. The big set piece where Han meets Chewie Howard kept. He wasn’t going to chuck it just because it wasn’t his.

“Solo” is very entertaining and ends with a cliff hanger that brings back an old “Star Wars” villain. There will be two more “Solo” movies. Get used to it.

Internet trolls won’t be satisfied until they’ve snuffed out everything in every genre from movies to TV to music. Try making a movie– on your iPhone, maybe– and see how far you get.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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