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It appears that audiences are far more anxious for Solo: A Star Wars Story than a lot of people predicted. Perhaps when you throw a famous character’s name on a movie it does actually matter.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was successful, but it did lead to people to question the concept of the stand-alone films. Following that up with a film focusing on the origin of one of the most iconic characters in film history has led to many wondering how it would do. Do people want to know every thing about Han Solo?
Apparently, they do.
Advance ticket sales have opened up for the film and it is the second highest number sold in the first 24 hours. The first? Avengers: Infinity War. It’s going to be a great quarter for the Disney company.
Current tracking is showing Solo: A Star Wars Story will gross $170M over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Rogue One pulled in $155M over its opening weekend, but was only three days. As we get closer to May 25 we’ll have a better idea of what it will do.
There’s a couple ways this could play out. Should the film do well, we could see Lucasfilm just focus on more stand-alone films centered on famous characters. Rogue One was a risk in that it didn’t focus any known characters. Solo will be filling in gaps we always knew existed. What if we saw a film based on Obi-Wan Kenobi during his years on Tatooine? A Yoda movie could show us his younger adventures. There are a ton of places the films could explore.
Alternatively, there could be more films based on the young adventures of Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich signed for three films which means he could appear in other films, or there might be more adventures focused on him. The current film is 10 years before A New Hope so there is plenty of space for further adventures.
No matter how you slice it, there is going to be a lot more Star Wars films in our future. I was concerned about possible fatigue, but Marvel has proven if you keep going in different directions it can work. Just as Marvel has find a way to do different genres in its films, why not do the same in Star Wars?
Should we just hand Disney all the money now or later?