The second weekend numbers are in for the last film in the Rey saga.
And they are bad.
Average per screen take last Friday was at $20,000. as of this writing it’s at $4,600. Weekend total is at $70 million domestic. Bringing the worldwide gross to $700 million total. This is against a film with a budget that is guestimated at $300. Disney has not released an official budget nor will they until required by corporate law.
The rule thumb is that a film has to make double it’s budget in the domestic market before it turns a profit. FBO is painfully Byzantine due to local laws, exchange rights and various foreign taxes both above and below board. Rise of Skywalker is not at $600 million domestically and at this point it doesn’t look like it will make it.
It’s too early to begin the official finger pointing but the unofficial finger pointing is underway. The Woketards are insisting that it only lost money because ROS was nowhere near as Woke as The Last Jedi. They are absolutely refusing to accept any credit for killing the OG franchise. Of course no one else will either.
As I’ve said before, I kind of feel sorry for J.J. Abrams. The narrative disaster he was left trying to salvage was a complete disaster. With no evil overlord, he had three choices available. One, introduce a new overlord for a single movie. Two, resurrect Snoke. Three, resurrect Palpatine. I suppose there was the possibility of trying something original but that wasn’t going to happen with the bosses at Fort Micky looking keenly over everyone’s shoulders.
Faced with those horrible choices he went with the one that was safest. From a business standpoint.
True resurrecting Ole’ Palpy was going to completely negate Darth Vader’s entire story of fall and redemption. But those movies weren’t making money any more, anyway. So no loss there.
The rumor is that Kray Kray Kay Kay is now done at Lucasfilm. Expect her to be promoted to a new job with no responsibilities in the next six months. The obvious choice of replacement would be Jon Faverau given the massive success of the Mandalorian.
However according to inside sources that now have some credibility. Iger doesn’t want to replace a woman with a man, no matter how much money that man has made for Disney. Michelle Rejwan is rumored to have the inside track.
Glad to see that Disney isn’t remotely considering changing direction.
The sooner Lucasfilm crashes and burns the better.