Ron Howard Says Online Trolls Were Partly To Blame For Solo: A Star Wars Story Box Office Fail

Ron Howard has said that online trolls were partly to blame for the lacklustre box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is currently promoting upcoming documentary Pavarotti, told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that “aggressive trolling” was a crucial factor in the films financial under-performance but that he still greatly enjoyed the creative experience of making the film.

“I wish it could have lived up to the box office expectations,” Howard said. “Thats disappointing. Why didnt it? Maybe thats the release [date], maybe it was too nostalgic, maybe pushback from the previous movie…some trolling, definitely. It was especially noticeable in several algorithms such as Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. There was an inordinate push down on the Want to see [score on Rotten Tomatoes] and on the fan voting. There was a series of 0s and 1s on there…I didnt take it personally.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story mustered $393M at the global box office off an estimated $275M budget. Released last May, the film arrived only six months after The Last Jedi. Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker, due for a December release this year, will be the fifth Star Wars universe film released since 2015. Meanwhile, web series The Mandalorian is set for a November release. Previous Star Wars spinoff Rogue One took more than $1BN in 2016.

Rotten Tomatoes has subsequently adjusted its audience participation parameters after a torrent of negative comments for Captain Marvel, prior to the films release.

During the audio interview, Howard also discussed the growing power of TV and questioned whether some of his previous movies – including multi-Oscar winner A Beautiful Mind — would have been made for the big screen today. Howard said he now watches more TV series than films.

Among the projects in early stages at his Imagine Entertainment is a series version of his fantasy feature Willow, which is being discussed for Disneys upcoming VOD platform Disney +. Howard coRead More – Source

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