Paul Bettany Didn’t Understand Why Solo: A Star Wars Story Flopped

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Solo: A Star Wars Story might have been a pretty fun Star Wars standalone, but for a number of reasons the Han Solo origin movie underperformed at the box office, perplexing the film's team and its fans.

Speaking in an interview with MTV, Paul Bettany, the star who played Solo's terrifying Dryden Vos opened up about how much he loved the movie and how confused he on how the film became a "box office disappointment" despite the passion of the Star Wars fanbase.


"I loved the movie. I went to see the movie and I loved it," Bettany told the publication. "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."

It came as a surprise to everyone else too. Analysts expected Solo to do great at the box office, however, the film underperformed, grossing only $175 million at the international box office and then $212 million here in the US. Sure it's global total of close to $400 million might be decent enough, in fact, one of the better results of this year, but its domestic earnings are a $100 million less than what Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace made back in the day. That's pretty low for a Star Wars film, the lowest-grossing live-action movie in the Star Wars franchise.

What do you feel about Solo's performance? Did it deserve to flop at the box office? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is available on digital on September 14 and on Blu-Ray on September 25.

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