A Dark Side For Us Firms As Wannabe Jedis Skip Work

Subscribe to Star Wars alerts

The final Star Wars movie is set to cost American employers as much as $627 million (GBP330 million) in lost productivity, according to a new study.

Officials at New York consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas claim fans will skip work on Thursday (19MAY05) and Friday (20MAY05) to catch EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH - to see ANAKIN SKYWALKER become DARTH VADER.

The company's researchers calculated the loss from workplace absenteeism, assuming that attendance on the first two days of the last in the series will at least match that of the previous Star Wars movie.

More than nine million people attended STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES on the first two days of its release in 2002.

CG+C researchers estimate that over 50 per cent of those likely to attend the movie this week are full-time workers, and, based on the average daily pay of $130.60 (GBP68.70), the cost in terms of lost wages and productivity resulting from 4.8 million absences would be almost $627 million.

A spokesman for the firm says, "Of course, these estimates are probably on the conservative side, in light of the great reviews the movie is receiving.

"Absenteeism may even start on Wednesday (18MAY05) for those who want to see the first screening a midnight on May 19."

17/05/2005 21:38


Tags: Star Wars

Subscribe to Star Wars alerts

More Star Wars

Justin Lin Directed 'Star Trek 3' Release Date Revealed - July 8th 2016

Paramount Pictures has issued a release date for Star Trek 3 and we only have eighteen more months to wait!Justin Lin is set to direct...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Set three decades after the devastating events of 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi', the latest instalment sees a whole new adventure for...

The REAL 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Is Now Here [Trailer + Pictures]

It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it...

Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Could Focus On Bounty Hunters

It's a big week for Star Wars. The first trailer for The Force Awakens drops on Friday (November 28, 2014), though a juicy rumor about...


Star Wars Fans Buckle Over 'The Force Awakens' Title

Star Wars fans have been having their say on the recently announced full title for Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The news arriving in an...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Mission Trailer

With the Jedi order stretched thin across the galaxy, a new threat has emerged from within to destroy them once and for all. With the...

So Is Benedict Cumberbatch Making An Appearance In ‘Star Wars Episode VII’?

It’s the Star Wars rumour that won't go away so let's ask again, can we really expect to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Episode...

George Lucas Rips Into Hollywood Studios, "They Didn't Know Anything"

George Lucas says he still believes studios are the biggest problem in the movie business today, claiming the major corporations are not capable of nurturing...



Star Wars Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Star Wars

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All