Spoiler Alert: The Data Behind “Star Wars” Fan Faves and Flops
Lehi, Utah—May 23, 2018—With “Solo: A Star Wars Story” opening this week MaritzCX, the world’s largest enterprise customer experience technology and research firm surveyed 420 self-proclaimed “Star Wars” fans to learn planet preference, favorite movie line and plans for seeing “Solo.” The findings:
Women and men think the same when choosing the “best” and “worst” Star Wars movie. Survey respondents agreed, “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” was the best earning 30% of the vote, “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” netted 25% and “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” took 16% of the votes. The remaining six installments trailed significantly in ranking the best.
“Episode II: Attack of the Clones” won for worst picture with 22% of the vote followed closely by “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” at 20%.
Millennials and Gen Xers disagree on movies. Millennials (ages 22-27) prefer “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” 33% to “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” 26%, while Gen X (ages 38-53) led with Empire at 38% and Jedi trailed at 23%. Baby Boomers (ages 54-72) sided with Gen X in order of preference.
For viewing, the big screen reigns supreme. 47% plan to see Solo in the theatre and 18% are planning to attend either a prescreening or screening within the week of release. Once released on Blu-Ray/DVD/pay per view 16% say they will take the plunge and watch.
Planetary preference is a real thing. When posed with the choice of living on any Star Wars planet, where would they live, 25% picked Naboo, 17% had a soft spot for Endor, 11% chose Coruscant. Least desirable habitats included Dagobah (8%), Tatooine (7%), Hoth (5%) and Jedha (4%).
Additional survey insights include:
- When survey respondents were asked why they would watch “Solo: A Star Wars Story” replies included, true fan (25%), taking my kids/others (21%), have seen them all (17%), enjoy movies (17%) and some are just caving to peer pressure (3%).
- Women, 18%, ranked their favorite Han Solo lines to be, “You know, sometimes I even amaze myself” and “I know” (in response to Princess Leia’s declaration of love).
- Men prefer the element of surprise ranking at 16%, “Never tell me the odds!” as their favorite Han line. Their least favorite, 7%, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
MaritzCX commissioned an online survey of 420 respondents from the Research Now Valued Opinions panel from May 12 and 13, 2018.
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This independent survey was conducted by MaritzCX, there is no affiliation with Lucasfilm Ltd., LLC or The Walt Disney Company.