I liked your discussion of how it was originally very nerdy to hate Star Wars. I was that age and type of nerd. Love - Putney Swope & Sweet Movie & 200 Motels & Alex in Wonderland Hate - Star Wars & Jaws.
I don't know. I haven't seen ST '09 and Avatar had a certain "quality blockbuster" and even artistic rep that neither Jaws nor SW had when they were released. Jaws came out of nowhere to devour audiences.