Disney let Rian Johnson basically back the Star Wars franchise into a corner by killing off key characters in scoff-worthy ways, ending plot threads with more question marks than a Riddler cosplay contest at a Quentin Tarantino Halloween party, and featuring more lore-breaking logic than the Terminator franchise. The movie tanked in China when it first released, and set such a horrible precedent that by the time J.J. Abrams was given control of the third film in the disjointed trilogy the Chinese couldn’t be bothered to fart in an air pocket of a ripped theater chair when Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker released.
Variety is reporting that the weekend haul for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is likely going to leave the House of the Mouse disappointed. The film totaled about $5.85 million from Wednesday to Friday, leading with the previews and moving into full mainland openings.
On Friday alone they only managed to pull $2.2 million from the Chinese moviegoers.
Analysts estimate that since weekend box offices usually dwindle with each consecutive week, Rise of Skywalker is looking at a total haul of possibly just $18 million.
This was also discussed during a video by Clownfish TV.
Variety detailed that each subsequent Star Wars release in China since the debut of The Force Awakens has done worse and worse.
The article explained…
“In Jan. 2016, “The Force Awakens” opened with a $52.3 million weekend and achieved a lifetime score of $126 million. “Rogue One,” the “Star Wars” side story, that released in Dec. 2016 with Chinese stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in prominent roles, managed $30.6 million on opening and a lifetime $69.4 million. In 2017, “The Last Jedi” slipped further, registering an opening weekend of $28.7 million and a lifetime cumulative of $42.6 million.”
The Chinese clearly don’t like all of the ridiculous Baizuo propaganda, the horrible and nonsensical plots, and terrible pacing of these new movies. Even though reports indicate that Rise of Skywalker wasn’t as heavy-handed with its sociopolitical messaging as Johnson’s The Last Jedi, they still weren’t buying it.
Apparently the only propaganda that the Chinese are fond of is the kind that comes from Winnie The Pooh.
(Thanks for the news tip TheGG)