Solo: A Star Wars Story has gained attention in last couple of weeks as fans around the world were expecting a sequel of the movie. Given the movie’s failure in the box office, it’s highly unlikely that Disney will go ahead with a sequel. However, it didn’t stop director Ron Howard from giving his thought on why the movie failed at the box office as he blamed the trolls for the box office failure.
In a recent interview, the director said that he was satisfied with the movie. While he expected the movie to do better at the box office, he gave some of the reasons behind the failure.
He said, “So whatever millions (Solo) made worldwide, those were the core fans, but it didn’t hit that zeitgeist point, for whatever reason. Timing, young Han Solo, pushback from the previous movie, which I kept hearing was maybe something. And some trolling, definitely some trolling. Some actual aggressive… It was pretty interesting. Not so much, a little bit the Twitter feed, yes, but it was especially noticeable prior to the release of the movie. Several of the algorithms, whether it was Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes, there was an inordinate push down on the ‘want to see’ and on the fan voting. And when you look at it, it’s like 3, 4, 5 — or whatever the rating is, I forget what the rating is on Rotten Tomatoes, whether it’s a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 — but pretty high, and then a series of 0s or .5s or 1s.”
Despite its failure at the box office, fans have received Solo positively. While it’ll be interesting to see if Disney goes ahead with the sequel, the company is currently focusing on different projects at the moment. As a result, it’s highly unlikely we will hear anything from the studio anytime soon.