Despite mediocre BO opening, director Ron Howard says 'Solo' his "new personal best"
Judging by the figures from the ticket sales, it appears that the much-talked-about Star Wars movie has fallen short of its $130 million projection.
Despite the hype built up around the latest Han Solo prequel, director Ron Howard's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', the film has generated only a mediocre response at the box-office and from the fans of the franchise.
In fact, judging by the figures from ticket sales, it appears that the much-talked-about Star Wars movie has fallen short of its $130 million projection, amassing just a little over $83 million, following a not-so-satisfactory opening in the North American market, the Fortune reported.
A lot of factors are to be considered while analyzing the weak reception of 'Solo' in domestic grounds.
From the sudden exit of director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of 'The Lego Movie' fame) to multiple reshoots under Howard's direction, who was brought on board mid-way, and even the continuous competition posed by sure shot blockbusters like 'Avengers: Infinity Wars' and 'Deadpool 2' - the reasons are varied and mostly out of control.
Amidst all this, however, 'Solo' director Howard has chosen a more positive outlook, as reflected in his response to a fan's tweet about the film's underwhelming box office collection.
"I heard the movie isn’t soaring too high in the box office. Should I watch it today to help out? #soloastarwarsmovie," a user had asked.
"Didn’t meet projections but amounts to a new personal best. check #SoloAStarWarsStory for balanced feedback & then C it on a big screen!" the iconic filmmaker, known for movies like 'A Beautiful Mind' and the 80s classic 'Willow' wrote, answering the fan over the film's moderate opening weekend numbers.
Indeed, Howard has every reason to look at the brighter side of the numbers.
After all, for the 64-year-old director, 'Solo' makes for highest figures after 2006's 'The Da Vinci Code'. Although the film, based on the novel, had opened to a modest collection, it went on to amass nearly $800 million worldwide.