Thursday, May 30, 2024

Week 5: “Last Jedi” Losing Almost Four Times as Many Theaters This Weekend as “Force Awakens”


Disney and LucasFilm are about to cut bait on “The Last Jedi.”

This Friday– the beginning of Week 5–  they’ll cut the number of theaters for “The Last Jedi” by 1,100.

By contrast, in its fifth week, “The Force Awakens” lost only 300 locations.

Right now, after 26 days, “The Last Jedi” has $576 million in its US box office and another $651 million from around the world. In China, demand has been disappointing with just $28 million.

After day 26, “The Force Awakens” was at $826 million US.

But let’s face it, Disney and Lucas has done everything possible to make this film a monster hit. And it has been– just as not as big a monster as its predecessor. It’s likely nothing else will ever match that high mark. “The Last Jedi” currently ranks as the 6th biggest movie of all time, which is pretty pretty good.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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