ANAHEIM -- Imagine putting on a helmet, lowering the visor and being transported immediately from your humdrum day-to-day existence into your own "Star Wars" adventure. Well, holster that blaster because the kind of fantasy that could once only be woven into the dreams of the young is coming to a theme park or shopping mall near you -- perhaps sooner than you think. The Void is the latest in a flood of businesses offering whole-body, fully immersive virtual reality experiences for about double the price of a movie ticket. The company's "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" scenario instructs players that their mission is to recover Imperial intelligence critical to the survival of the Rebellion -- yes, that Rebellion, of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. In reality, the players are in a room full of cameras, movement sensors and other gadgetry in the shadow of Disneyland in southern California. As far as they are concerned, they are rebels disguised as Imperial stormtroopers on the molten … [Read more...] about Hyper-real ‘Star Wars’ VR makes you the hero
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Published July 01, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Solo: A Star Wars Story is now destined to go down as a flop and the first Star Wars film to lose money at the box office. Following the picture's disappointing performance, reports emerged that Disney had put the development of all Star Wars spin-off films temporarily on hold. Subsequent reports suggest that a complete halt for all of the franchise's side stories isn't in the cards, but it seems likely that the company is reconsidering the franchise trajectory following the recent bouts of negative feedback. Star Wars no longer looks like the unstoppable media property it appeared to be less than a year ago, and a change of course is needed. Continue Reading Below A disturbance in The Force More than a month after the film's release, Solo's box office sits at roughly $350 million worldwide. That might not sound too bad, but with an estimated $250 million … [Read more...] about Is Disney’s “Star Wars” Universe Imploding?
Deborah Vankin Los Angeles Times Published 12:13 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t exactly take flight this holiday weekend in the way that Disney had hoped. The origin story of Han Solo took the top spot at the box office but underperformed, making an estimated $103 million in its first four days in the U.S. and Canada, when it had been expected to gross $140 million to $150 million. “Solo” — directed by Ron Howard, who replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller midway through production — stars Alden Ehrenreich as the title character, along with Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover. The fact that it’s the second “Star Wars” movie to hit theaters in six months following “The Last Jedi” may have contributed to the weakest opening weekend of any “Star Wars” film since 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” “Solo” also disappointed … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ $100M opening disappoints
NEW YORK -- The reaches of the galaxy far, far away might not be quite as vast as previously thought. In a box-office blip that echoed through the multiplexes, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" didn't fare well over the Memorial Day weekend, amassing an estimated $103 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Monday. Most movies dream of such openings, but the standard for "Star Wars" is different, as is the bottom line. "Solo," which switched directors mid-production, cost more than $250 million to make, and it was expected to debut with around $150 million. For the first time, the "Star Wars" juggernaut was humbled at the box office. The opening marked the worst debut in the franchise's history and Disney's stock slid 2.5 percent in trading Tuesday.No one yet needs to run panicked through the streets yelling "Save the Wookies!" But for the first time since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 billion, the profit potential within George Lucas' space saga no longer appears … [Read more...] about In ‘Solo’ stumble, a crossroads for Disney’s ‘Star Wars’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Movies Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByBrooks Barnes May 27, 2018 LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars” just fell to earth. In the first big box office test of Hollywood’s high-stakes summer season, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” collected about $83.3 million between Friday and Sunday, a huge total for any franchise film — unless that franchise is “Star Wars,” which has always performed at stratospheric levels. “Solo” also sputtered overseas, where initial ticket sales stood at about $65 million. “Solo,” which cost Disney and its Lucasfilm division at least $400 million to make and market worldwide, will collect roughly $101 million over the entire Memorial Day weekend in North America, according to comScore. Disney had been hoping that the movie, focused on a young Han Solo and directed by … [Read more...] about ‘Solo’ Sputters at Box Office, Raising Worries of ‘Star Wars’ Fatigue