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The Force Is No Longer With Star Wars 17 Aug, 2008, 23:08 / 29 comments

In a double-whammy of Star Wars whup-ass, two falls have been reported for the previously inconquerable series.

Firstly, The Dark Knight continues to beat all expectations and has now ousted Star Wars: A New Hope as the No. 2 Top-Grossing Film of All Time in the domestic US market. Bear in mind the new Batman film has only been on the market for five weeks, whereas A New Hope has had 30 years.

And if that weren't enough, new animated movie The Clone Wars is doing absolutely shockingly and has only made $15.5 million this weekend - which was also beaten by The Dark Knight. It's basically a TV cartoon pointlessly put up on the big screen, so obviously the fans aren't as stupid as they appear (cough).

Although I quite enjoyed it... I'll get me coat.

Comments

  • The Tingler on 19 Aug, 2008, 10:28…
    Don't ask where that incesterous rape comment came from...
  • Dalixam on 18 Aug, 2008, 11:12…
    I'm not a Star Wars fan, but to be fair you should look at a chart adjusted for inflation. As the dollar is worth less today than 30 years ago and therefore ticket prices are much higher, it is 'easier' for a movie to break records.

    Adjusted for inflation 'Gone with the Wind' is still the highest grossing movie of all time, 'Star Wars' is #2, 'Titanic' is #6 and 'The Dark Knight' is #39.
  • Dalixam on 18 Aug, 2008, 11:13…
    Forgot a link to an adjusted link:
    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm
  • Simon on 18 Aug, 2008, 11:10…
    I did really enjoy the TV series, although I think that Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of the excellent Samurai Jack) was more involved then. I've yet to spot any of the visual verve that those cartoons had in any trailers for the new Clone Wars film. I can't get excited about it, but moreover I think I've just outgrown Star Wars since Episode III. I'm not a child or an idiot, and I can see that Star Wars was probably creatively moribund after The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Ascovel on 18 Aug, 2008, 12:03…
    Boy, do I hate Genndy Tartakovsky's cartoons. Talk about awful storytelling.
  • neon_git on 18 Aug, 2008, 12:44…
    What specifically don't you like? I've always thought his work was stunningly good.
  • Ascovel on 18 Aug, 2008, 12:54…
    I really dislike the humor and the stories. The character designs are rather ugly and the animation is also very average and dull.
  • jp-30 on 18 Aug, 2008, 02:25…
    I saw Clone Wars yesterday. Certainly no 'grand scope' like the films have, which makes its TV Show roots more obvious.

    But it's the first Star Wars movie I've been able to take my kids to (7, 5, 3), and I liked a lot of what I saw, especially the art direction.

    I'm definitely looking forward to the TV series.
  • Kroms on 18 Aug, 2008, 12:34…
    oO how are old are you?
  • The Tingler on 18 Aug, 2008, 14:47…
    How old are YOU?
  • jp-30 on 18 Aug, 2008, 20:07…
    I'm 36.

    Go me!
  • Ascovel on 18 Aug, 2008, 10:10…
    I liked the trailers and I want to see it, but I'll probably wait for the DVD (or somethn), since there'll be only a dubbed (in my native language) version in the cinemas and I hate those.
  • Guy121 on 18 Aug, 2008, 02:10…
    Yeah, we get the idea, Mixnmojo hates StarWars. Mixnmojo was once a nice place, but now it's just a negative place where most of the recent updates are rehashes of news, posts of well-duh-news all of which already posted on other sites and to bash StarWars. The bashing is probably animosity for the current state of the once grand Lucasarts which turned into a StarWars cheap, bad game factory.

    -Guy121
  • Remi O on 18 Aug, 2008, 13:34…
    "Star Wars."
  • jp-30 on 18 Aug, 2008, 02:23…
    "but now it's just a negative place where most of the recent updates are rehashes of news, posts of well-duh-news all of which already posted on other sites and to bash StarWars."

    You've completely missed the "LucasArts Secret History" series then?
  • Guy121 on 18 Aug, 2008, 03:20…
    I was referring to the news updates.

    -Guy121
  • Ascovel on 18 Aug, 2008, 13:05…
    Guys, it's just news. It appears and then it goes away. Why not have some fun with it as long as it lasts? In a few days nobody will remember that it was about Star Wars.
  • Thrik on 18 Aug, 2008, 11:33…
    I have to agree that these Star Wars posts aren't particularly appropriate. Mojo isn't really about Star Wars in the first place (indeed, in the LFNetwork community it's historically represented everything from LucasArts except Star Wars), never mind the films.

    Don't forget what our niche is — that's why people come here! :)
  • Remi O on 18 Aug, 2008, 14:48…
    Mojo has covered the Star Wars movies since Ep 1. There's really nothing new here.
  • The Tingler on 18 Aug, 2008, 12:32…
    First of all, did you not notice the little comment saying I'm one of the few people who actually liked The Clone Wars film?

    This isn't Star Wars-bashing, and we don't report on every single bit of Star Wars-related news out there - I just thought this was quite important and interesting.
  • jp-30 on 18 Aug, 2008, 20:10…
    Absolutely it is. As important as Indiana Jones movie news. And this movie has LucasArts game tie-ins, plus was made at the same Lucas owned Singapore animation studio as is making LucasArts handheld games.

    After episode 3 there were a lot of comments about how 'with Star Wars dead, LucasArts will have to concentrate on new franchises and original IP', which is of course absolute nonsense.
  • jp-30 on 18 Aug, 2008, 03:48…
    Are we missing news that you think we should be covering?
  • Icebox on 18 Aug, 2008, 01:59…
    Well, this is the international house of George Lucas and his ilk? But still, the film couldn't possibly be worse than Indy IV... That film was like, a circle of hell or something.
  • Zaarin on 18 Aug, 2008, 00:49…
    Who gives a fuck
  • Ascovel on 17 Aug, 2008, 23:39…
    For a second I've thought I mistakingly entered the address for Box Office Mojo.
  • Glo_kidd on 17 Aug, 2008, 23:36…
    Wow =| i really didnt see that coming. Im sure the dark knight is good but "better than the original star wars" good? i didnt expect that at all.

    On the hother point i hope that attendance perks up for The Clone Wars, there is a wealth of Extended Universe storyline that i was hoping to see them adapt if this went well. The new jedi order series alone would be pretty sweet
  • Fearless Flying Monkey on 18 Aug, 2008, 07:49…
    It isn't that good, it's only doing so well because Heath Ledger died. It's a fun film to watch, but isn't anywhere near as good as A New Hope, or even the Batman with Jack Nicholson in.
  • Thrik on 18 Aug, 2008, 11:27…
    That's complete nonsense. It's doing so well because Batman Begins was unbelievably successful and popular, and deservedly so — just like its sequel.

    I personally think Dark Knight is better than the original. I don't think it's fair to say which Joker had the better actor as both were superb, but with regard to the film as a whole I prefer the newer take.

    It's mostly a matter of atmosphere. The oldies were just too comical for me.
  • Fearless Flying Monkey on 20 Aug, 2008, 09:39…
    Begins didn't do as well as Nicholson's Batman did. Only the Dark Knight beat it in terms of total sales. And it isn't complete nonsense, Ledger wasn't a particularly well known or popular actor before his death, sure people had heard of him, but you wouldn't go see a film purely because he was in it, unlike now. The same will happen with Gilliam's new film with Ledger in, although simply because a Python made it is why you should see it.