My recent post titled The Disappointment of The Last Jedi has garnered an interesting reaction, as has the critical reception the movie has received from fans.
The media outlets have vomited a plethora of articles defending the film, arguing that the criticism is from the minority, fawning over its opening box office, and disregarding the opinions of many long time Star Wars fans. It’s almost as if they are all too busy swilling the green milk from the teet of the space cow in mouse ears to allow people to have a differing opinion. Most of the arguments being made is that the criticism is because the movie “breaks the mold” and “lacks nostalgia”, but that is NOT my reasoning.
The movie, for the reasons of timing, pacing, and main plot was in my opinion poor. I’m fine with Luke dying, fine with him being a hermit like Ben, and fine with there “ForceTime” contact between Rey and Kylo. The only issue that I had with how the Force was being handled was when Yoda lit the tree on fire. At that point with Force Ghosts able to alter the physical word they then become godlike and I think that empowers them too much. Yes, I think the Luke and Kylo showdown was anticlimactic, a huge let down, and quite frankly lazy storytelling. Perhaps had Rey heard Luke‘s voice after his sun had set to “move the rocks Rey, move the rocks” or something I would feel better about it, but I don’t.
Seriously people, it’s not that serious. More importantly there will be an easy way to tell the true quality of the film now that it has been actually viewied… and that is in the numbers.
Episode VII: The Force Awakens had an opening domestic weekend of $247,966,675. This was followed by a 39.8% drop the next weekend with $149,202,860. This information is as per Box Office Mojo. This type of drop is usual for any film, although Episode VII did minutely better than most films that average a 40% drop as per Wikipedia.
Therefore, with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi taking in domestic $220,009,584 its opening weekend, you would expect the second weekend to be around $132,005,750. However I do not believe this movie will see this type of box office because of those long time Star Wars fans who historically go to the theater to see the movies twice or more. I believe the actual take will be more along the lines of $88,003,833 or less, which is a 60% or greater drop.
So we’ll know more come December 26th or 27th when the Box Office Receipts are confirmed.
Until then, all you Last Jedi Defenders and Apologists, lay off the green milk.