Box office take is reported by theaters, Fandango, etc. basically in real-time directly to an independent company called Rentrak. If “they” were in control, every movie would be a financial success. Rentrak - Wikipedia If a publicly-owned company like Disney was making the numbers up, well, let’s say they’d have a serious problem when that inevitably became known. Also Last Jedi would have done $200M in China, not $20M & pulled from theaters after just 2 weeks.