Disney Exec Responds to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Low Audience Scores

There is a vocal group of fans that were not too happy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which has contributed to low audience scores across several rating and review platforms.

Currently, the Rotten Tomatoes critic score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is at 93 percent, the audience score is at a low 57 percent. This is a major divide that can also be found on IMDB and Metacritic. The opinions expressed clearly have not affected the box office performance since The Last Jedi currently has the fifth highest opening weekend of all-time. Speaking to Deadline today, Walt Disney Studios President of Theatrical Distribution Dave Hollis stated that the studio is not concerned whatsoever with the low audience scores, and think that the conversations this film sparks will lead to good word-of-mouth for the holiday weekend next week:
“Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally Star Wars yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new. That makes this a Star Wars film like audiences have never seen – it’s got people talking, puzzling over its mysteries, and it’s a lot to take in, and we see that as all positive, that should help set the film up for great word-of-mouth and repeat viewing as we enter the lucrative holiday period.”
Whether or not low audience scores will hurt the box office remains to be seen. However, it is clear Disney and Lucasfilm are not too upset. In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.