How many of you would have killed to gone to this place as a kid?
(*Cataline tries to keep his hand pulled down and fails*)
I was kind of sorry when I heard that DisneyWorld was plowing most of the old Hollywood Studios Park under and rebuilding it as something else. I liked the 1940s Art Deco vibe and the throw back atmosphere to a time when you always put on a tux if it was past five o'clock, whether you were planning a night on the town or eating dinner at home with the wife and kids.
Sadly, children don't care about stuff like that and if they don't want to go to a place like that, then the family ain't going either. A transition was inevitable. So now big swaths of the Hollywood Studios are being turned into Marvel Land, Pixar Land and Star Wars Land. Those all seemed like safe bets...until recently.
John Lasseter of Pixar just went into internal exile for "excessive hugging" (AKA being a credible replacement for Bob Iger). So black-eye there.
Marvel films are starting to run out of gas as the desperate and over priced purchase of 21st Fox shows. And that's to say nothing of hideous condition of Marvel Comics themselves. When the new editor got hired, I thought that Disney was starting to take notice of just how much a catastrophe Marvel Comics had become and was taking steps. But now they have a much more terrifying problem on the horizon with Star Wars.
A 69% dropoff for the second weekend would normally be a red flag but of course Disney is claiming it's not even a yellow flag. The SJW Hivemind has decided the narrative has been threatened, so you are a racist, sexist, Anti-Islamic (don't ask me why) homophobe if you think the The Last Jedi isn't the greatest Star Wars movie of all time.
The 69% figure has been slightly adjusted by Boxofficemojo but BOM is now getting leaned on (from what we shall call "various quarters") to torture the numbers until they confess to heresy. BOM is now declaring that last weekend was a FOUR day weekend so Last Jedi only had a 55% dropoff. Consequently, I'm no longer relying on Boxofficemojo for accurate intel. It is what it is, when reality and the SJW narrative are in conflict, reality always gets it wrong. Also math is hard.
So why is one movie underperforming a reason for Disney to panic?
Because the movies are just gravy.
If Star Wars suddenly tanks, Disney has a disaster on it's hands. They are already committed to the biggest expansion in the history of Disney Parks with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. They are well past the point of no return on that project. Prints are finished. The permits are filed. The loans have been drawn. It's already costing them interest. It's going to get built but now it has to be source of stomach ulcers for the BOD. Take a look below, this thing ain't cheap.
If Rose is there, I'm not going.
As bad as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge collapsing would be, the truly epic failure would fall upon the shoulders of merchandising. Kids begging for overpriced lightsabers and collectible dolls are what made Star Wars a gold mine. At this point I don't see any kid clamoring to buy another Captain Phasma, let alone a Rose doll.* If the toy market tanks then Disney may as well spin-off Star Wars as a bad investment.
Right now the only people who love Star Wars are film critics and SJWs. And the Purple Haired Childless Weirdos aren't going to drop seventy bucks on a Kylo light saber.
*What the hell kind of Star Wars name is, "Rose" anyway?