Usually it’s not a good marketing strategy to release a film a week before or after the release of any film from the Star Wars franchise. But not every film has a passionate Ryan Reynolds leading their marketing campaign. In it’s opening weekend Deadpool 2 brought in over $125 million. A week later Solo: A Star Wars film opened to a disappointing $84 million. Although during it’s second weekend Deadpool 2 did see a significant 66 percent drop bringing in $42.7 million. We’ll wait and see this weekend how Solo does in it’s second week out.
Comicbook.com had the opportunity to talk to Deadpool 2 director David Leitch who commented on the film coming out so close to Solo.
“‘We always approached everything in Deadpool, Ryan and I, we tried to say, ‘We can’t operate from a place of fear,’ Leitch said. ‘We knew we were going to open up near Han Solo, but we knew we also were going to make a… You know, Deadpool was a very special brand. And so, it was like, they’re different movies and let’s just aggressively go forward and make the best movie possible and who knows.'”
Deadpool 2 had quite a bit more steam heading into it’s opening. Besides the already mentioned marketing campaign. Audiences already had a good idea of the type of film they were in for. Not to mention that it was also going to feature the debut of Josh Brolin’s Cable, who we just saw in another Marvel blockbuster playing the villain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first film that Disney is experimenting with outside of the Skywalker trilogy. Also we need to keep in mind that a lot of Star Wars fans are still upset about the events in The Last Jedi which was released just last December. Some which have even gone as far as to swear off the franchise from that point forward.
In the next few weeks we’ll see how both films hold up in theaters. But as far as Deadpool 2‘s decision to be released so close to Solo seemed to be a non issue. What do you think? which of the two would you rather watch again? Let us know in the comment section bellow!
Deadpool 2 & Solo: A Star Wars Story are both in theaters now.
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