Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/8/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Franchise loyalty insures profits for anything 'Star Wars'-related

Buying out Lucasfilm late last year, it appeared that the Walt Disney Company wanted to transform that company into another Pixar, the production arm that churns out one multi-million making computer animated film after the other. Their decision to ax LucasArts, the branch of Lucasfilm that produces video games, alienated some and caused many to wonder if production on another "Star Wars" movie had been scuttled. It's emerging that's probably not the case -

Disney could keep making 'Star Wars' movies for decades. The franchise so far has stood the test of time, and will continue to have a very loyal fan base as parents pass on their love for Star Wars to their kids, and those kids go on to watch the next set of movies.

Disney could keep making "Star Wars" movies for decades. The franchise so far has stood the test of time, and will continue to have a very loyal fan base as parents pass on their love for Star Wars to their kids, and those kids go on to watch the next set of movies.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/8/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Pixar, Walt Disney, Lucasfilm, franchise, Star Wars, Disney


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since Disney bought Pixar back on May 5, 2006, its stock has gone up by 100 percent while the S&P 500 has gone up by 22 percent. Disney spent $7.4 billion to buy out Pixar, offering 2.3 Disney shares for each Pixar share..

Pixar went on to be a big success. Every one of their films has averaged about $600 million in worldwide sales. Pixar is about to release the next movie in the "Finding Nemo" series, which grossed $880.2 million worldwide.

Pixar is trying to hit gold again with Lucasfilm, the company which was owned 100 percent by George Lucas and pioneered the Star Wars franchise.

Lucasfilm owns the "Star Wars" franchise. Disney paid $4.1 billion for Lucasfilm, half in cash and half in stock. Many speculate if Disney will be able to recoup all that money back, considering "Star Wars" has already released six movies.

The data is very optimistic, as Lucasfilm could be even bigger than Pixar. The six "Star Wars" movies have made an average of $736.25 million per movie - save the animated "Star Wars" movie released in 2008, with an average production budget of $68.6 million per movie. That means "Star Wars" was making over $650 million (not including marketing costs) per movie, far more than what Pixar was bringing in.

Demand for "Star Wars Episode 7" will be massive, as a movie hasn't been released since May 2005 and because J.J. Abrams is making it. Abrams directed "Star Trek" and is quite popular among sci-fi fans.

Disney made the controversial decision to end LucasArts, closing the video game branch of their acquisition. They also stopped the animated series from making any more episodes. Disney wants to make "Star Wars" a licensing model. While these actions angered some, it was done to keep costs down and to possibly build up more excitement for the next movie. Disney eventually hopes to churn out a new Star Wars movie every two to three years.

Disney could keep making "Star Wars" movies for decades. The franchise so far has stood the test of time, and will continue to have a very loyal fan base as parents pass on their love for Star Wars to their kids, and those kids go on to watch the next set of movies.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Movies

The MUST-READ 2016 'Ben-Hur' Review (NO SPOLIERS) Watch

Image of

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 2016 "Ben-Hur" remake wows with an adrenaline-inducing chariot race and heartbreaking tale of betrayal. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The remake of classic film "Ben-Hur" maintains a similar story line as the 1959 version but portrays an updated version ... continue reading


Pope Francis blesses Ben-Hur actor and actors pull own stunts - Everything you need to know in tell-all exclusive interview with Roma Downey Watch

Image of Ben-Hur will be available nationwide in theaters August 19.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During an exclusive interview with Catholic Online, Hollywood film producer Roma Downey offered some behind-the-scenes insight to the upcoming film "Ben-Hur." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey, who starred in the CBS series "Touched by an Angel," is an actress ... continue reading


Ben-Hur reimagined: Read the EXCLUSIVE interview with producer Roma Downey now! Watch

Image of Ben-Hur 2016.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Read the transcript of Roma Downey's exclusive interview with Catholic Online. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey was interviewed Friday, August 12 in regards to the remake of the cinema classic Ben-Hur.The 2016 release features the talents of Jack Huston and ... continue reading


What is a miracle? New film aims to explain the unexplainable Watch

Image of idisciple.org

By Tonia Borsellino (CNA)

For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people's attention for thousands of years. Swansea, United Kingdom (CNA) - That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, 'Miracles.'The 35-minute documentary is the first of a ... continue reading


Film spotlights Hillsong UNITED's remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide recording and concert sensation Watch

Image of

By Press Release

Pure Flix is distributing HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE, the highly anticipated feature film that chronicles the spectacular and miraculous rise to prominence of the Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Directed by Michael John Warren ... continue reading


Witness the Coming of Christ...to virtual reality Watch

Image of The Story of Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time (The Story of Christ).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Looking for a new way to immerse yourself in the story of Jesus Christ? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Engadget, virtual reality is an opportunity to fully engage an audience in a film like never before.Producers and directors are moving toward the ... continue reading


Jesus to reach 6.5 million more people? Watch

Image of The JESUS Film will reach millions more after being translated into eight new languages (Amazon).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions around the world have no idea who Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is - but now 6.5 million people will be able to learn about Christ in a way they can clearly understand. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a href=http://www.jesusfilm.org/>The JESUS Film ... continue reading


'He was a Primitive Baptist': Matthew McConaughey on new Bible-based film Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

According to actor Matthew McConaughey, his latest film "Free State of Jonas" is not just a historical film - it is also a Biblical one. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Free State of Jonas" centers around Newton Knight, who brings together a small band of farmers ... continue reading


Pope Pius IX portrayed in Steven Spielberg's latest film Watch

Image of Latest Spielberg movie features Pope Pius IX (WikiMedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Steven Spielberg's latest film, "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," will tell the true story of how a six-year-old's kidnapping relates to Pope Pius IX, the crumbling of the then Papacy and how Italy was unified through the culmination of events. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


True story behind 'Miracles From Heaven' Watch

Image of Annabel Beam shares story of how God cured her of lifelong illness (PA Real Life).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Annabel Beam was only 9-years-old when she fell down a hollowed-out tree and landed on her skull. Despite other horror stories in which spines were snapped and skulls were broken, Annabel emerged with a few scratches and a miracle: She was cured of a lifelong illness. ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:17-25
17 After all, Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 10, 11
1 Shout for joy, you upright; praise comes well from the ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13
1 'Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 26th, 2016 Image

St. Teresa of Jesus Jornet Ibars
August 26: Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Born ... Read More