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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi has performed pretty darn well in the United States, it had an abysmal start in China. The Force Awakens had ultimately made around $124 million in the country, and took in around $52 million in its opening weekend. With The Last Jedi, it was expected that its revenue would trend upwards, meaning it would likely take in north of $124 million, and would therefore likely have to make more than $52 million in its opening weekend. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

Instead, the film took in an abysmal $28.1 million in its opening weekend, pretty much guaranteeing it wouldn’t touch those final revenue numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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However, any hopes that you had of it maybe taking in $70 million or even $50 million should be snuffed out right now. According to a report from Forbes, China has dropped The Last Jedi from 92 percent of its screens. Last weekend, the movie had a 34.5 percent share of China’s total screens, and this Friday, that’s changed to 2.6 percent.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, as well as a bunch of Chinese films, are likely to blame, as they are set to premiere this weekend in the territory. Disney is well-known for their hardball tactics when it comes to theaters, and often require a minimum number of screens for a minimum number of weeks. Clearly, such a deal was not made with Chinese distributors.

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi will likely still make some money, there’s no way it’ll approach anywhere near The Force Awakens’ numbers — or even Rogue One’s $69 million.

How much do you think Star Wars: The Last Jedi will make in China? Let us know your predictions down below!

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SOURCE: Forbes

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  • Rad4Cap

    “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, as well as a bunch of Chinese films, are likely to blame, as they are set to premiere this weekend in the territory”

    Of COURSE the film itself is not to blame. It’s just a scheduling issue. LOLOLOLOL

    The Farce is STRONG with this one.

    • Harold Hannon

      When the merch on this film and the discs and the digital copies don’t sell; I wonder what the excuse will be then? So many people got hoodwinked by the glowing critics’ reviews. I wonder how much of the backlash was from that alone. People went in expecting a quality product and got a glitzed up ‘meh’ written SJW-fest. Can’t imagine why people would be a little miffed? lol

  • HalfTheBattle

    What’s “likely to blame” is that the Chinese audiences didn’t like the movie. Disney has seriously set back any hope of growing the Star Wars brand in China, or anywhere for that matter. I feel sorry for anyone who had The Last Jedi as their first Star Wars film. It’s no fluke that the movie took an $800 million tumble from The Force Awakens. A drop that big is without precedent in the industry.

    • axebox

      The second film in the saga was expected to earn less, for some reason. It’s a mythology episode, so maybe that has something to do with it. I expect JJ to bring the explosions for the third one, so we can look forward to that.

  • WTFITBS

    If Disney was to say that there will be no Episode IX because of this, the same whiny @ss Star Wars fanboys that s#itted on this film would start to say how great it was.

    • mhrinda

      No we wouldnt
      Whats episode 9? brilliant Rian Johnson did his best to make that impossible
      Horrible movie both in plot and character decisions as well as atrocious moving making.

      • WTFITBS

        So you’re saying you’re fine if Disney doesn’t make a Star Wars: Episode 9? Correct?

        • mhrinda

          Actually I’m saying Last Jedi was a horrible middle movie and that making Episode 9 from that mess would be a miracle.
          You heard what James Cameron is doing with Terminator right ?
          He is IGNORING all movies past Terminator 2 and making a direct sequel …..
          if Disney fixes the mistakes of Last Jedi sure I will take in another or else im sitting the next one out.

        • Spencer Garver

          I’m saying I personally could give a flying f*ck at this point. If I really WANT to delve into the star wars universe, theres hundreds of books and the like for me to spend my time in. I’d have more faith in a fan made movie at this point than I do with anyone whose currently in charge

        • Harold Hannon

          I’m good with that. If this is what they are doing with it then I’d say they are done.

    • Unc Sam

      We don’t need an Episode 9. As of 8 the Skywalker saga has run out of Skywalkers.

      • WTFITBS

        Agreed, I think Episode 8 wrapped things up lovely and that a follow on would just be a letdown to all Star Wars efficienattos/fan boys so why even bother?

    • Harold Hannon

      Not really. I would be fine with ending this direction they took things. If they went back and “did it over” then maybe, but the current direction Rian Johnson took the story has nothing interesting for me. He literally killed all momentum in the series and replaced it with some kind of bizarre social commentary? Not sure if that is even what I’d call it?

  • Kronx

    Episode 9 will feature the Rock and Vin Diesel as Jedi who drive bitchin’ cars.

    • Rad4Cap

      you forgot: “…bitchin’ cars – which transform.”

  • Kratos

    ahahahahaha!!!! who DIDN’T see this coming????

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.