Putting any film up against Avengers: Infinity War is a foolish endeavor. That’s especially true if you’re banking on your film making big box office dollars on its opening weekend. Putting your film up against Avengers and the much-anticipated Incredibles sequel? One would think to avoid that at all costs. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Disney and Lucasfilm did with Solo: A Star Wars Story, and they paid dearly. Hopefully that’s a lesson they won’t have to repeat, as the studios just got some great news about Star Wars Episode 9.
Normally no film studio likes to compete with other blockbuster films on opening weekend. However, such a scenario often becomes inevitable when it comes to late-year, holiday season releases. That could have been the case for Star Wars Episode 9 when it opens December 20, 2019. Previously, the film would have been up against the likes of Wonder Woman, James Bond, and even a new Terminator movie, among others. Thankfully, various studios just parted the proverbial sea to clear a path for Episode 9.
Studios Clear the Way for Star Wars Episode 9
Granted, the new Terminator movie was only moved back two weeks from November 15 to November 1, 2019, according to Forbes. Therefore, the film will have a good six week-plus run before Star Wars Episode 9 hits theaters. That kind of buffer makes a big difference when it comes to competing at the box office. Even better, however, is the fact that Wonder Woman 1984 vacated its late 2019 release slot. So too did James Bond 25 and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile. Those will now all open in June, February and October 2020, respectively. That’s a pretty big, and early, Christmas present ahead of Episode 9’s December, 2019 release.
So what does that mean for Star Wars Episode 9? A lot. Star Wars is still mired in The Last Jedi backlash and diminished fan support (Russian bots aside). The final Star Wars episodic installment was likely to face boycotts and stiff competition. Together, those could have put a sizeable dent its box office numbers. Conversely, three of its biggest competitors dropping out of the picture just might mean smooth sailing for the final installment of the Skywalker saga. We’ll have to wait for the opening weekend numbers to come in to learn just how well it does.
Star Wars Episode 9 opens December 20, 2019.