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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Box Office Tanking In China

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Box Office Tanking In China

However, for some reason people living in China aren't really interested in the franchise as The Last Jedi opened in the country to underwhelming results.

For comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $32.7 million in its opening day.

The Fate of the Furious earned $8.7 million in preview screenings a year ago and remains one of the top grossing foreign films of all time in China. Considering how both The Force Awakens and Rogue One have been marked out by a sense of universal praise, could this see Lucasfilm change course on the franchise going forward - either with the plot of Episode 9 or further into the future with more spinoffs and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson's new, separate trilogy?

The Last Jedi box office in China - the #2 largest movie audience in the world - is mirroring the US box office as it's learned the movie is not doing all that well in the land of the setting sun. China Box Office, a Twitter account operated by Chinese film inudstry analyst Jonathan Papish, predicts The Last Jedi may come up short of a $40 million mark at the Chinese box office through its opening weekend.

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Still, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is posting impressive numbers through its worldwide run.

The third Star Wars film under the Disney banner has hit $517 million domestically just 17 days into its release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

China box office data shows that Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $7 million by 7 p.m local time, placing it behind the Chinese comedy The Ex-File: The Return of the Exes, which grossed $15.7 million by 7 p.m and is now in its second week.

Even though the film is getting divisive opinions from some fans, it is still making a lot of money.


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