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With all that in mind, we have to wonder which movies have drawn the short straw of being released alongside Star Wars—and why.
According to Box Office Mojo, Star Wars shares a release date with the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, the Chinese fantasy movie Mojin: The Lost Legend, the Hungarian WWII drama Son of Saul, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip. Judging by this list, we can think of a few reasons why these films are going toe-to-toe with the box-office Godzilla that is The Force Awakens:
- Their target audience doesn’t really overlap with Star Wars, so they’re not in direct competition (for example, Son of Saul).
- They’re already seen as inevitable flops and are being “buried” on a dud release date.
- Distributors are hoping that when audiences arrive at theaters and discover that Star Wars is sold out, they’ll overflow into another movie instead. Say, Mojin: The Lost Legend. Or Chipmunks, if they brought kids.
As an action movie that plays to 1980s nostalgia, Point Break will probably suffer the most by going up against Star Wars, although its producer tried to frame this release date as “a great opportunity” because it allowed more time to work on visual effects. (In reality, having your release date delayed to overlap with Star Wars and Quentin Tarantino is probably the kiss of death.)
For the actors and filmmakers involved in movies like Point Break and Sisters, there is a silver lining to this bleak outlook. If their film bombs, they have the perfect excuse: Nothing could go up against The Force Awakens and win.
Photo via Star Wars
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor