As many of you are already aware the collections of AOTC is dropping everywhere [at the time I posted this it stood at no.3 at the box office charts with 254 million] and people in the trade estimate it might barely touch 300 mill. Also I think it is an insult to the Star wars film that it is at no.3 and a relatively low budget film Divine secrets of Ya ya sisterhood is above it at no.2 and with sum of all fears at no.1 for the 2nd week. In the coming weeks there is going to be stiff competition from Windtalkers and minority report as well. So the chances of AOTC making a recovery and touching 300 mill seem very very bleak. Compare this with the box office collections of TPM which coolly netted around 431 million during it's run. I rmemebr when TPM was released many of you Star Wars fans were criticising it to be the worst Star Wars film ever. But in the end of the day it made enough money to become the 3rd highest grossing film ever in USA and 2nd highest grossing Star Wars film. Many of you people were praising AOTC sky high [I am sure amny of you received payola from Lucas and co to hype it] and said that it is the best Star wars film ever to be made. But when you check the box office gross and compare it with other Star wars films AOTC might probably end up as the lowest in box office gross among the Star wars films below ESB which netted 290 mill in 1980. When I saw AOTC at the theatre I realised that Lucas had made a film which'll only please a hardcore Star Wars fan and the average viewer might not like this film. I think my feelings are turning out to be true after seeing the low box office collections of AOTC. I also remember Lucas saying in an interview that if AOTC doesnt cross the 300 million mark then they might have a serious re think on EP3. There might be drastic changes in the script and budget and I dont know if this is true but there is also a possibilty he might not direct it.