Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be the highest-grossing film of 2017 but the sequel isn’t doing as well in China, the second largest movie audience in the world. The film just opened this weekend at the Chinese box office but it’s struggling to only second place. As THR reports, the film is “getting beaten badly” by the Chinese local comedy, The Ex-File 3, which opened a week ago.
Apparently, the Chinese are not big fans of the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underperformed in China, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi is doing worse than expected.
The Last Jedi’s box office performance in the U.S. plummeted in the U.S. as well with its second-weekend release dropping near 70%, and now The Last Jedi is performing worse than 2016’s Rogue One.
The film has been the most divisive episode in Lucasfilm’s franchise. Even though the film was generally well-received by critics, fans were split with many expressing their disappointment, and if you’re wondering why, you can read our Top 13 Reasons Why Some Star Wars Fans Hate The Last Jedi
The Ex-File 3: Return of the Exes is currently beating Star Wars: The Last Jedi as its box office gross is around $11.6 million compared to The Last Jedi’s $5 million, which is impressive for the Chinese comedy’s second week. Despite having substantially more screens in China (35.6% screen share vs. Ex-File’s 32.3%, it’s surprising that The Last Jedi is still losing.