Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t have a lot of things going for it. While it was good and entertaining film, gaining praise from the Star Wars Community, the film was plagued with Production problems and didn’t do well at the Box Office. Earning only $388,276,334 worldwide. (I wouldn’t mind even 1% of that.) Paul Bettany, the film’s antagonist (and puppet) Dryden Vos, has said while he loved the movie he is perplexed as to why it is considered a “disappointment,” especially given how passionate some fans became about the adventure.
The actor, while chatting to MTV last weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con revealed that he’s confused by all the hate there is for Solo, saying:
“I loved the movie. I went to see the movie and I loved it, I knew some real dyed-in-the-wool nerd fans, Ryan Adams, for instance, who was like, ‘It’s so fantastic, I love it!’ and then he went to see it again. I took him to the premiere and then he went to see it again. It was confusing to me. I thought the story was so great, I thought the execution was so great, so it was surprising, to me.”
– Paul Bettany
Later on in the interview, Bettany brought up Solo‘s box office performance, noting that the spinoff’s made close to $400 million worldwide ( $388,276,334 according to Box Office Mojo) but somehow, that’s still not considered a success.
“It’s also peculiar being in a movie that makes hundreds of millions of dollars and people say, ‘It’s just not enough.’ The thing with Star Wars is eventually everybody on the planet’s gonna see that movie and I really am proud of it and I loved playing Dryden Vos. I loved him. He’s delicious.”
– Paul Bettany
Solo: A Star Wars Story has so far currently grossed $212 million at the Domestic Box Office in two months since it’s release back in May, putting it more than $100 million shy of The Phantom Menace’s Domestic Box Office run, making it the lowest-grossing live-action entry in the Star Wars saga.
There has been many contributing factors as to why Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t do well at the Box Office, from the problems behind the scenes to the poor marketing leading up to the film. Having 3 months instead of 8 months compared to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, which the latter film coming out only 5 months previously.
You also have to take into count that there were some fans that were unhappy with The Last Jedi, where some fans wanting to boycott the film, voting with their wallets and some even going as far to bring down it’s IMDb & Rotten Tomato ratings before it’s release. With some Subscribers from channels like Geek’s & Gamers, Worldclass Bullshitters and ComicArtistPro Secrets deliberately downvoting the film prior to release.
While Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t the film we asked for (it was George Lucas that wanted to make it originally and then again, none of us asked for the original Star War) and wasn’t the Box Office smash LucasFilm/Disney were wanting. It was enjoyed by fans. And then welcomed. May it continue to be enjoyed and gain popularity when released on DVD, Blu Ray and Digital in September.
DVD and Blu Ray release September 25th and Digital release a eleven days prior on September 14th.