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58 minutes ago, THE DUKE said:

Last Jedi is at $1.2 billion now, it still has a chance to hit close to $1.5 billion.  Still very profitable and that's not even counting the merchandise.

The Last Jedi merchandise is also way down compared to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

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1 hour ago, seminoles1 said:

The Last Jedi merchandise is also way down compared to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

Yep. There is a difference from being profitable and being a success.....Ill go back to Batman v Superman. 

This movie is a bomb for Disney.

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15 minutes ago, devils1854 said:

Yep. There is a difference from being profitable and being a success.....Ill go back to Batman v Superman. 

This movie is a bomb for Disney.

Bomb is extreme IMO.  Just disappointing.

This was on track to be, easily, the 2nd biggest movie ever domestically.  The drop off it's suffered is worrisome.  Ending up 6th should not be considered a bomb, but definitely disappointing.

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Disappointing I can see.  Bomb is just hyperbole.  Bombs don't make you half a billion dollars.

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Friday Estimates

1. Jumanji: #WelcomeToTheJungle  - $6.13M
2. #ThePost - $5.90M
3. #TheCommuter - $4.56M
4. #Insidious #TheLastKey - $3.42M
5. #ProudMary  - $3.18M
6. #GreatestShowman  - $3.05M
7. #StarWarsTheLastJedi  - $2.72M

 

Star Wars in in 7th place in only their 4th week.

Yeah, this is totally not a disaster for Disney.

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Call it that if you wish,  but the #6 movie all time domestically is in no way disaterous. Disastrous kills a franchise. This is a disappointment but certainly not close to being a doomsday scenario for Disney.

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37 minutes ago, devils1854 said:

Friday Estimates

1. Jumanji: #WelcomeToTheJungle  - $6.13M
2. #ThePost - $5.90M
3. #TheCommuter - $4.56M
4. #Insidious #TheLastKey - $3.42M
5. #ProudMary  - $3.18M
6. #GreatestShowman  - $3.05M
7. #StarWarsTheLastJedi  - $2.72M

 

Star Wars in in 7th place in only their 4th week.

Yeah, this is totally not a disaster for Disney.

It lost 92% of its theaters in China after 1 week because it opened so low.

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2 hours ago, seminoles1 said:

It lost 92% of its theaters in China after 1 week because it opened so low.

The bad thing is, Disney tried to pander to the Chinese audience by introducing an Asian character.

They get an Vietnamese actress. The Chinese hate people from that country.

Disney has the Vietnamese actress kiss a black guy. The Chinese really hate that.

Kathleen Kennedy force feeding her views into the movie has backfired in her face.

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On 1/13/2018 at 9:35 PM, devils1854 said:

Disney tried to pander to the Chinese audience by introducing an Asian character.

I have a hard time believing this was their motivation. It was meant to pander to Americans and Europeans.

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49 minutes ago, cddolphin said:

I have a hard time believing this was their motivation. It was meant to pander to Americans and Europeans.

China is not a big fan of Star Wars. Disney wanted to get a bigger piece of the pie. Its much like Transformers adding the famous Chinese singer into the movie. Brings in the people, but Disney really screwed the pooch since the Asian character is not Chinese, and they put her in a relationship with a black guy. No one has even said that the Chinese were one of the most welcoming and open people. 

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1 hour ago, devils1854 said:

but Disney really screwed the pooch since the Asian character is not Chinese, and they put her in a relationship with a black guy.

I mean, you'd think someone in their marketing department would have brought this up if it was indeed a move meant to garner more Chinese interest. Certain attitudes held by the Chinese clash with some things presented in the film, as you've brought up. It's not exactly something that's unknown; especially if you work for Disney and it's your job to know.

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Disney's and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, meanwhile, didn't even put up a fight. Only in its second weekend on Chinese screens, The Last Jedi pulled in a paltry $2.4 million — a 92 percent decline from its disappointing $28.7 million debut, according to data from EntGroup. 

The Star Wars franchise, never popular in China, appears to be on a precipitous decline in the Middle Kingdom, the world's second-largest film territory. With $39 million after two weekends and shedding screens by the day, it's clear that Last Jedi won't make even half of The Force Awakens' $124 million China total, and won't even come close to matching Rogue One's $69 million haul.

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Just now, devils1854 said:

it's clear that Last Jedi won't make even half of The Force Awakens' $124 million China total, and won't even come close to matching Rogue One's $69 million haul.

Wow, so this is a well-established pattern of decreased interest by the Chinese.

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry Star Wars failed in China.  I'm among those who loved TLJ, but it is abundantly clear that Disney did one specific thing 100% and unmistakably to try to sell more tickets in China, and it was a stupid thing, and it didn't help.  Maybe now they'll focus on making the best movie they can instead of doing things to try to sell more tickets. 

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5 hours ago, HorizontoZenith said:

Maybe now they'll focus on making the best movie they can instead of doing things to try to sell more tickets. 

That ship sailed 30 years ago

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