You know things are bad when a second tier comic book character like Deadpool 2 has a rated ‘R’ film in theaters, and is filled to the brim with SJW pandering, and still manages to beat out Solo: A Star Wars Story in international box office intake.
CNN is reporting that the drop accounts for a near 65% decline from the movie’s debut weekend, only accruing $29.3 million in North America. According to senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, Jeff Bock, he told CNN that Solo will likely total less than $450 million in its global intake and that it will have a hard time recouping its budget, which was estimated around $250 million not including marketing and distribution.
Bock also claims that since its a prequel people just aren’t that interested in seeing it because they know that the main character(s) will live. Although, if that were true then The Hobbit films wouldn’t have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, as reported by Forbes.
CNN also attempts to place the blame on Star Wars fatigue, but wouldn’t the same apply to super hero fatigue? While some media outlets attempted to guesstimate that a movie like Deadpool 2 may not have done as well off the back of Avengers: Infinity War, Variety is reporting that the irreverent Deadpool 2 actually did better at the international box office than Solo, bringing in $41.6 million across 79 markets. This is compared to the $30.3 million Solo picked up from 54 international markets.
While Solo may have accrued more than Deadpool 2 in total box office thanks to the U.S., market, the international markets seem to suggest that viewers prefer the ‘R’ rated Deadpool 2 over the PG-13 Solo.
With a combination of poor casting (especially for the lead) and coming off the strong, negative reactions to the SJW-themed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it appears Disney has soiled the brand, much in the same way that Sony did by attacking male audiences for the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.