Ron Howard Blames Trolls for Poor Box-Office Performance of Solo

Talking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ron Howard spoke candidly about why he thought Solo: A Star Wars Story did not do well at the box office.

“Maybe it’s the idea that it’s too nostalgic,” the legendary 65-year-old director shared on the “Happy Sad Confused podcast,” when asked about what he called the “pushback” on the latest Disney Star Wars film’s performance when compared to other movies in the very successful franchise.

“That going back and revisiting an origin story for a beloved character may not be what the fans were looking for,” he added. “It seemed to me looking at the opening, big but not as big as the others, I think that was [only] the hardcore fans.”

Howard continued, “[The drop-off] tells you how many people are tagalongs who need to wait to see what people think or if it’s essential, if it’s a zeitgeist movie or not. It didn’t hit the zeitgeist, for whatever reason.”

“[There wasn’t so much hate on] the Twitter feed,” the famed director explained.

“It was pretty interesting,” Howard shared, per The Guardian Tuesday, citing “aggressive trolling” for the reason. “It was especially noticeable prior to the release of the movie. Several of the algorithms, whether it was Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes, there was an inordinate push down on the ‘want to see’ and on the fan voting.”