Star Wars is off the pedestal and must deliver quality stories

Solo’ Lacks ‘Star Wars’ Mojo

Walt Disney Co.’s latest offering from the “Star Wars” film franchise opened to disappointing weekend sales in the U.S. and Canada

In the first big box-office test of Hollywood's high-stakes summer season, it earned US$83.3 million (S$111 million) between Friday and Sunday in North America. With so many Star Wars projects in the pipeline, the revived film franchise might already be heading toward if not a saturation point, at least the point where the films are no longer an event-type release. Movie theaters, even on opening day, appeared closer on the solo side than packed. And if that product begins to resemble nothing special, which is the case with Solo, then people will begin to find other things to do with their leisure time.

In third place, Disney and Marvel's superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" brought in an estimated 16.5 million dollars in its fifth weekend. Before that, Disney's other standalone anthology movie in the series, Rogue One, was released in mid-July past year, coming roughly seven months after release.

Multiplex gridlock, for a start. The figures look even more bleak as it got the wildly sought-after four day Memorial Day weekend release. In five weeks, its domestic tally has topped $626 million, while globally it has made $1.9 billion.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is nevertheless a tremendously enjoyable chapter in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally here. Star Wars: The Last Jedi exited the theatres just a month before Solo hit the screens, and hence, the poor performance.

It's a cool moment in the movie, but I walked out of the theater wishing it somehow tied into the Star Wars canon we had seen before. It's more frivolous than films like Rogue One, and it's receiving mixed reviews. We have a year and a half before Episode IX comes out.

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Moviegoers gave Solo an A-minus grade in CinemaScore exit polls.

We're experiencing "Star Wars" saturation. But it only became a reality when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

Grace Jiang, a 30-year-old office worker in Shanghai, said she took a chance on Solo based on the franchise's reputation, but nearly dozed off halfway through the film. It ultimately earned US$523 million overseas.

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"It's the compressed timeframe between the two "Star Wars" films and the highly competitive nature of this marketplace".

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