It’s a shame that a A-list director like Ron Howard has to go to the lengths of having to apologize for a film he directed. Solo: A Star Wars Story has been underwhelming at the box office since it premiered in theaters almost a month ago. After a below par opening weekend the film keeps sinking and sinking and it’s a damn shame. To date the film’s only brought in $300 Million worldwide. Since this is a Star Wars film $300 Million should’ve been raised in 2 weeks, but since it’s on par to losing over $50 Million the film won’t make it’s money back.

Director Howard came on board mid last year after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from production. On top of this rumors of bad acting and troubles on set marred the film even before it was finished. Earlier this week Howard came to the defense of the film on Twitter, saying:

“I’m proud of Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Howard wrote on Twitter, ”and the cast and crew worked hard to give fans a fun new addition.

“As a director I feel badly when people who I believe (and exit polls show) will very likely enjoy a movie… don’t see it on a big screen with great sound.”

Howard was responding to a fan tweet who defended the film saying, “I’ve been reading so many theories as to why Solo has not been doing so well at the box office – sad to say, some Star Wars fans are snubbing Solo because they’re still upset over The Last Jedi. If so, they’re missing out & punishing a good film for something not its fault.”

I personally loved the film. It was the Star Wars film that fans have been waiting for. But with constant bad word of mouth coming from bitter fans that still can’t get over The Last Jedi, the film won’t get the love it truly deserves.