92% of Chinese Theaters Abandon “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” 7 Days After its Debut

While “#StarWars VIII: #TheLastJedi” has done financially well in the U.S. & many other countries, that’s not the case in China where 92% of theaters have pulled it only after 7 days after it debuted and is believed to be unprecedented. Moviegoers in China have simply rejected the film: its earnings for its opening weekend are very poor: the movie only made $27-million and an additional $7-million since for a total of $34-million.

To date, “The Last Jedi” has earned over $1.238-billion worldwide making it the 11th highest grossing film of all time. In the U.S., the movie has earned nearly $583-million, making it the 6th highest grossing film in the U.S.

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Fox Moves Release Dates for “Deadpool 2”, “Gambit” & “The New Mutants”

Fox has moved the release dates of several movies. #Deadpool fans will be happy that “Deadpool 2” has moved up 2 weeks to May 18, 2018 from June 1, 2018. This places the movie 1 week ahead of “Solo: A #StarWars Story”.

The release date for #TheNewMutants has also been moved back by 10 months to Feb. 22, 2019 from April 13, 2018. #Gambit is also being moved back 4 months from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019.

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T.J. Miller Not Expected to Be Recasted for “Deadpool 2” after Sexual Harassment Allegations

Following allegations that actor T.J. Miller sexually harassed a woman in college, he is not expected to be recasted for “#Deadpool 2″, which opens in theaters on June 1, 2018.

Neither actor Ryan Reynolds or director David Leitch have commented about the allegations that Miller has denied. Miller portrays the friend of Wade Wilson / Deadpool (played by Reynolds) named Weasel.

Miller was accused of sexual abuse by an anonymous woman who gave an interview to The Daily Beast that was published December 19.

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The Audience Strikes Back: Box Office Receipts for “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” Plunge 77% in 1 Week; Worst Ever for the Franchise

#StarWars news: with controversies surrounding the low audience ratings on #RottenTomatoes, the Friday-to-Friday box-office receipts for “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi” have plunged 77% at the start of its 2nd weekend of its theatrical release. This is the worst-ever Friday-to-Friday drop in attendance for any Star Wars film in the franchise’s history, outdoing the previous record-holder of “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, which dropped 68% last year in its 2nd weekend out.

From its opening day gross of $104.7-million, “The Last Jedi” plunged $80-million to a mere $24.6-million in gross receipts a week later. The Friday-to-Friday gross receipts between each movie’s opening and its 2nd weekend are shown in the following graph:

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The 77% Friday-to-Friday plunge for “The Last Jedi” is almost exactly the opposite that was experienced by the franchises first ever movie, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” in 1977 (40 year ago), in which it’s gross receipts increased by 79.37% in its 2nd Friday.

What the plunge says (which is still the franchise’s worst when Thursday & possibly Wednesday opening numbers are taken out) is that “The Last Jedi” is failing to bring moviegoers back for multiple viewings. As one fervent Star Wars fan, Miles Bailey, told the writer of the Forbes article,

“Disney shouldn’t bank on the hardcore, cosplay, convention crew like myself seeing this film 6, 7, 8, 9 times. Episode 8: The Last Jedi set out to kill everything about episodes 1-7 and succeeded. I’m not excited by Solo or episode 9. Star Wars is done for me.”

If the gross receipts for “The Last Jedi” continue in the same direction, they will likely end up being closer to the lifetime gross of “Rogue One” and not that of “The Force Awakens”, which would be truly catastrophic for the franchise & its future. Disney may need to rethink its strategy for “Star Wars”.

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Mixed Reactions to “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi”

Reactions to the latest movie entry in the #StarWars franchise, “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi”, are quite mixed. While the movie received a rating of 93% from movie critics on #RottenTomatoes, the audience score is only 56% (which equates to a rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars). The situation on IMDB.com is somewhat similar as the rating for TLJ has dropped since opening day from an initial rating of 8.1 stars (out of 10) to rating of 7.8 (out of 10 stars), which is similar to the rating on rottentomatoes.com, but slightly higher.

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To gain perspective on how fans are reacting to TLJ, it’s a good idea to compare the reactions to the other Star Wars movies in the franchise. We have listed the ratings from both websites in the table below:

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Currently, TLJ is in last place for the “Star Wars” franchise with voters on RottenTomatoes, while it’s in roughly 6th place with voters on IMDb. Where voters on the movies are in pretty much total agreement is their 5 top movies: “Empire Strikes Back”, “A New Hope”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”. After that, voters on IMDb prefer TLJ over the prequels, while voters on Rotten Tomatoes prefer the prequels over TLJ.

Either way, “The Last Jedi” is not being received as well by fans as “The Force Awakens”, “Rogue One” or the original trilogy. Perhaps the direction that was taken by director Rian Johnson in TLJ was not the best direction for the film or the franchise, which tends to go along with Mark Hamill’s initial disagreement with the direction of his character, as we had previously posted.

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J.K. Rowling Receives Rarely Given Honor

#HarryPotter author & creator #JKRowling has received a rare honor from Buckingham Palace: she is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which was first established by King George V in 1917 & can only be given to 65 people at one time.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. It consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. 45 members could be from the United Kingdom, 7 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 11 from other Commonwealth realms. Foreigners from outside the realm can be added as “honorary members”. While membership confers no title or precedence, recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.

Other Companions of Honor include:

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Peter Higgs
  • Sir Ian McKellen

The Order of the Companions of Honour is second only to the Order of Merit, which is awards to people who have made ‘major contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time’.

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