It looks like things are getting worse for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China. It's only been a week since the sequel trilogy installment's disappointing debut in China last weekend, but it seems like the country's movie exhibitors have just recently made the decision to drop 92 percent of the film's screenings.
The Last Jedi might have had a 34.5 percent share of China's total screenings back on January 5, however, it seems like cinemas decided to cut off the film, dropping the film's show time schedules to a total of 2.6 percent.
That's a pretty big fall, and Forbes writer Robert Cain suspects that the drop might be an unprecedented number in the history of Chinese cinematic history. According to the publication, the Chinese population has been rejecting The Last Jedi "like a bad liver transplant," comparing the film's poor $27 million debut to the opening weekend earnings of the local rom-com Ex-File 3.
This is definitely going to affect the over-all performance of the film. Though it's quite unlikely that the film might be able to reach the $2 billion gross of The Force Awakens (which the film earned because of the massive hype of being the first Star Wars film after years), analysts have been The Last Jedi to reach at least $1.6 billion at the end of its run. It seems like it's definitely going to be an uphill battle reaching that number now that The Last Jedi's suffering major losses in the Chinese box office. Let's wait and see what happens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.