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Tracking released at the end of November suggested the film will open between $175 million and $200 million, and a report published at Deadline described the ticket pre-sales for the film as "strong, but not overly robust." "true" : "false") + "; expires=" + d.toUTCString() + "; path=/"; @themotleyfool #stocks $DIS, battle dissatisfied fans in media channels. by Wall Street analysts on Wednesday lauded Walt Disney's $4.05 billion deal to acquire Lucasfilm and continue its Star Wars franchise. The Last Jedi has an audience approval score of just 43% on review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, and criticism of the film from series leads including Mark Hamill and John Boyega suggests the picture was controversial even in the internal world of Lucasfilm productions. // Will Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars franchise soon look like a downed Death Star? (Read More:Disney to Buy Lucasfilm in Deal Worth Over $4 Billion.). return false;

Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, along with Star Wars creator George Lucas, set the financial world and nerd-universe on their ear when they announced that Disney was purchasing Lucasfilm for the out-of-this-world sum of $4 billion (the same amount they paid for Marvel) (Screenrant). In addition to the box office, Star Wars IP lens itself to the theme parks (where Disney already has Star Wars attractions), to cable TV (particularly Disney XD) and to consumer products, which we think could be the biggest driver of value." 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(Read More: Iger, Lucas Weigh in on Disney's $4 Billion LucasFilm Acquisition. }); } If it weren't for The Mandalorian's very strong reception and the value that the broader property has added to the streaming service; missteps with the film series, declining merchandise sales, and weak performance for Galaxy's Edge would be a lot more concerning. mps._debug('[MPS]: email address detected in url, bypass gpt. mps._queue.gptloaded = mps._queue.gptloaded || []; ", He suggested that Star Wars could lend itself for new Disney theme parks rides and offers, even though the company already has Star Wars attractions in its parks, cable TV shows and consumer products, "which we think could be the biggest driver of value. 'site' : 'cnbc.com-relaunch' ,

For comparison, The Force Awakens delivered a $248 million opening weekend in 2015, and The Last Jedi recorded a $220 million opening in 2017. Wall Street analysts have nearly universally applauded Disney 's $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, the powerhouse behind the StarWars franchise.

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Weiss would no longer move forward -- and that the two writers would instead be working on projects at Netflix. As a part of that series, I created individual film accounting models per Star Wars film to “show my work”, partly to help the audience learn about feature film accounting and partly to run the numbers myself.

Disney employees have seemed too eager to get into a fight with dissatisfied Star Wars fans. //

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