Disney Has ‘Star Wars’ Decisions to Make Beyond Questions of Fan Service

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” closes the book on the Skywalker Saga and marks the end of an era for Lucasfilm, the company that series creator George Lucas founded almost five decades ago.

It also marks seven years under Disney, a period defined by big box-office successes, creative struggles, and a major role in shaping the company’s first streaming platform.

With the company’s flagship franchise coming to an ostensible end with “The Rise of Skywalker,” the next stages in the billion-dollar film franchise should be wide open, yet its future may lay elsewhere.After less than a month at the box office, the film is poised to lose its top slot to Sam Mendes’ original World War I epic, fresh off a Golden Globes win.

There have been other misses, with the 2018 one-off “Solo” losing as much as $80 million.

That’s got to be disconcerting for Disney,

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