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21st Jun 2018

Disney puts Star Wars spin-offs on hold following Solo’s disappointing reaction

Wil Jones

Are we suffering from Star Wars fatigue?

First up, we should point out that Solo is actually a pretty, solid fun film. Like, it’s not a masterpiece, it is not era defining or anything. But it’s an enjoyable space movie to spend a Sunday afternoon in the cinema with, and Donald Glover and Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge steal the show. Plus, there’s a great reveal late on which we won’t spoil, in case you somehow don’t know about it yet.

However, while the reviews and audience reaction was pretty solid, Solo didn’t do the business Disney hoped it would. It ‘only’ made $103 million at the US box office in its opening weekend. Experts predicted the movie would take $130m (£97.6m) and $150m (£112.7m) in its first weekend, and initial takings were well down on both Rogue One and The Last Jedi.

Solo has since made $341.9 worldwide in its first four weeks. Rogue One did $424 million in the same time, and went on to take over billion worldwide – something Solo is not expected to do.

Solo was the second of Disney’s line of Star Wars spin-offs, following Rogue One. They had intended to release the spin-off movies every other year, between the main saga movies.

But following the tepid box office of Solo, Collider are now reporting that they are putting all future spin-offs on hold while they concentrate on Episode IX.

A Bobo Fett film written and directed by Logan’s James Mangold was reportedly in the early stages of pre-production, and an Obi-Wan Kenobi film had also been rumoured – but now it seems these won’t happen.

There have been various theories as to Solo’s under-performance. It came just weeks after two big successful hits, Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool, and not long after The Last Jedi, making some suggest that people have hit Star Wars  fatigue. We also wrote about how an origin story for Han Solo is something that no one was really asking for.