Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.
SOLO'S BOX OFFICE
Fans have been twisting their hands in knots over the box office for Solo: A Star Wars Story. For the holiday weekend, it barely broke $100 million, even though it was tracking well in presales. Some estimates guessed that it would do $140 million on opening weekend.
It's a difficult weekend chosen for release, but I think it was chosen more symbolically than anything. Solo: A Star Wars Story was released on the only Friday in the near future where you could place a release on the anniversary of the original Star Wars film: May 25. Some are saying this $100 million opening spells doom for Star Wars, but I think reports to that effect have all been ghostwritten by Chicken Little.
Although the Star Wars brand carries a lot of weight, it's not the only factor. This is director Ron Howard's personal best opening ever. It's a heist/caper film, and when you look at that chart it's the highest opening for a movie of that genre ever either. It's also opened up against Infinity War and Deadpool 2. With no huge release for weeks, there's no reason to think it won't have legs. Especially with the great word of mouth it's getting.
The biggest thing to pay attention to box office for is if your favorite, vulnerable property is going to get a sequel. Even if Solo: A Star Wars Story bombs at the box office (it hasn't), we're still getting more Star Wars. The best thing to do is go see it again if you enjoyed it. Bring a friend who was skeptical. What I wouldn't advise is to worry about the box office or read too much into these tea leaves. Star Wars is forever, even if Han didn't make it away with the box-office coaxium.
WOMEN OF THE GALAXY
One of the most exciting announcements in Star Wars this last week was the announcement of a new book called Women of the Galaxy.
Amy Ratcliffe, managing editor over at Nerdist and one of the smartest voices in Star Wars fandom, has written a book about 75 women in the Star Wars universe with all-new illustrations from 18 different female and non-binary artists. Sight unseen, it’s already earned a place on my shelf, and I hope this is the beginning of a long career for Amy writing Star Wars books.
FORCES OF DESTINY
A new Forces of Destiny short premiered last week, held back until the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story for what seem to be obvious reasons. It pretty blatantly reveals that Qi’ra is part of Crimson Dawn.
The best part of this short is pairing her with Hondo Ohnaka and IG-88. Well, mainly Hondo. Not that there’s anything wrong with IG-88, but he’s no Hondo. As all of the Forces of Destiny shorts have been, this one is fun and adorable and an interesting bit of canon. It makes me wonder what other characters from the underworld we’ll see pop up in future installments of the show. You know… if there are future installments.
TAG AND BINK
ComicBook.Com got an interview with Solo: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Jon Kasdan, and he revealed a bit more about his would-be cameo as part of the Tag and Bink duo that were cut from the film. Ron Howard shared a photo of them during production here:
Howard put Kasdan and the film’s first assistant director, Toby Hefferman, into a scene they thought for sure would not be cut: Han getting bounced out of the Imperial Navy. They would have escorted him from the courtroom where he was kicked out. It was a pivotal moment in Han's life, and according to Kasdan it was the last scene to come out in the edit and everyone was heartbroken. He did promise it would be on the Blu-ray, though. Apparently, everything at the Imperial Academy was great.
There was an event at Disney World this last week where lots of new information about Galaxy’s Edge came out. Hosted by David Collins and introduced by Warwick Davis, you can watch the entirety of the panel here:
Some of the highlights, though, include the name of the outpost being re-created. Black Spire. We’d already known about Black Spire Station, but it seems as though it’s named after the larger village. And it makes that line of L3-37’s in Solo mean a lot more. It was also mentioned that Nien Nunb, Lando’s co-pilot in Return of the Jedi, will be making appearances in the park, with the original voice actor returning to provide the dialogue. There’s also a lot of talk of being able to get closer to the creatures of Star Wars, including Tookas, the galactic equivalent of cats, and who doesn’t want to pet Star Wars cats?
Galaxy's Edge opens next year at Disneyland and Disney World.
PRONOUNCING STAR WARS
The Star Wars Show is on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean they can’t drop hilarious content. During the press junket, they got to ask the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story how to pronounce various Star Wars words. It’s not always apparent, and hearing what the creators intended can always be a bit of a shock.
If you’re interested in more pronunciations, I had Timothy Zahn put together a pronunciation guide for the characters and aliens in his books in audio format for my podcast. It was an eye-opening experience.