Sunday, May 19, 2024

“Solo” Scores Disappointing for “Star Wars” But Great for Film With No History or Stars


“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is only going to make around $110 million this weekend.

Ha ha. Only. It’s a movie with no star in the lead role, and with no real history other than Han Solo’s “Star Wars” Movies from 40 years ago. I’d say that’s pretty good.

The “Solo” take from Thursday and Friday is $35.6 million including $14.1 million from Thursday. That puts it on a par with “Rogue One,” another movie that had no history, was ‘free-standing’ so to speak.

As a “Star Wars” movie, the “Solo” take is not fantastic. But it’s not a “Star Wars” movie. There’s no Force, or Yoda, or Skywalker or Wookies or James Earl Jones or any reference to “Star Wars” really except Woody Harrelson mentioning Tatooine or the last minute appearance of an old villain.

So why not go and enjoy it? The lurkers are trying to kill it, god only knows.

Meanwhile, “Deadpool 2” is still doing great business. And I’m going to see it tomorrow.

More importantly, “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will cross the $5 million line tomorrow. Bravo!


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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