Star Wars Episode IX Reportedly Will Not Release The Same Weekend As Jumanji 3
Sometimes…timing is everything. After J.J. Abrams replaced Colin Trevorrow as director of Episode IX, and on the heels of the backlash towards “Solo: A Star Wars” releasing in May of this year, the next installment of the Skywalker saga will release on Dec 20th, 2019, and not on the same weekend as Jumanji 3″, Dec 13th, 2019. This is definitely a decision made based on several things.
First of all, after “The Last Jedi” released in December of 2017, fans were surprised that we were getting a new Star Wars movie, albeit an anthology film, so soon after the release of the trilogy movie. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” released on May 25th, 2018, just roughly 6 months after TLJ released. This caused some fans to say that Star Wars was getting saturated, that two Star Wars movies being released so close together was bad for business. While other factors caused “Solo” to under perform at the box office, releasing it so soon to the previous Star Wars movie did factor in to a lot of fans passing on seeing it in movie theaters.
Secondly, with “Solo” releasing so close to 2 other juggernauts in the same few weekends, it caused Disney execs to rethink releasing Star Wars movies so close together. While “Jumanji” is still pretty big, with Dwayne Johnson having helped renew the franchise in December of 2017, it doesn’t quite have the power that Marvel movies appear to have. Now, the “Jumanji” sequel/reboot released on December 5th, 2017, compared to “The Last Jedi” releasing on Decemeber 9th, 2017, and while it did give TLJ a run for it’s money, it did not stop the second installment of the new trilogy from being successful at the box office and putting up big numbers, and did not have quite the effect that “Deadpool 2” and “Avengers: Infinity War” have had on “Solo”. (‘Jumanji’ did $404 million domestically and $961 million world wide, while ‘The Last Jedi’ did $612 million domestically and $1.3 billion world wide.)
And thirdly, a huge factor in the rethinking of Star Wars release dates was the reaction to Rian Johnson and his take on the Star Wars story and cannon. While I’m not going into detail on this, because blah blah blah, we all know how a lot of people felt bout the director and his movie, it did lead to people ranting that Star Wars was becoming saturated, that is was ruined, that releasing Star Wars movies so close together was just too much too take. Based on that I will say this, we have only had 4 Star Wars movies over the last 4 years, as opposed to Marvel and DC shoving multiple movies per year down our throats every year, and regardless if the movies are good or bad, there is over-saturation, and then there is over-saturation. So with “Episode IX” not releasing until next December, and not on the same weekend as Jumanji 3, it gives some time between the Star Wars movies, and gives the Saga a chance to score big once again at the box office.
That being said, (and I will say give me as many Star Wars movies as you want, I’m totally ok with that), but based on the overall fan base and the franchise being strong throughout the years, I truly believe that the best course of action for the Star Wars movies, be it Trilogy or Anthology, is one movie per year, released in December. The formula was working before, and what’s the old adage?, don’t fix what ain’t broke. But let me finish by saying this, regardless of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” releasing so soon to the previous trilogy movie, put your feelings aside, good or badm about TLJ, and go see the movie, it is 100% worth every penny. And once again, “Star Wars: Episode IX” will release on December 20th, 2019.
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