Star Wars: The Last Jedi beat expectations by opening to the tune of $450 million dollars worldwide since it debuted last Wednesday, and has yet to open in the market that everyone wants to please, China. The studio will know what kind of numbers that audience will bring come January 5th. The Last Jedi is the second largest opening in North America following its predecessor, The Force Awakens. Although, both films share a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 93% it is surprising to see that audiences are not enamored by Rian Johnson’s take on the dramatic space flick.
The general consensus on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t much better and the film is currently sitting at an audience score of 56% while the Force Awakens sits at 88%. One tentpole film of 2017 that was skewered by critics was WB’s Justice League, but you may or may not be shocked to find that the current audience score for that film on RT is 79%! Scores like that are an indicator that critics and fans are not aligned in opinion when it comes to these films with dedicated fanbases. While there’s a chance that the audience score can still bypass Justice League’s, it’s unlikely considering the fact that there is no Rotten Tomatoes in China and most hardcore fans have already seen the film.
So will the audience’s reaction to Rian Johnson’s installment put a slight halt to his planned trilogy? Most likely not since money is the key word here. In this day and age reviews are not a huge factor into whether or not a studio will make sequels. Look at something like Grown Ups, Transformers, X-Men: Apocalypse or Suicide Squad. As long as the studio sees a return on a film you can be sure that your favorites will get another go around.
Be sure to catch last weekend’s episode of Hashtag After Dark where Joe and I give our reactions to the film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now, and will be released in China on January 5th, 2018.
Justice League will be released for home viewing sometime in January or February 2018.