‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Jolts Box Office With $175 Million Opening

  • The Wrap
Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had a steeper than expected Friday-to-Saturday drop at the box office, taking in $47.5 million from 4,430 screens, resulting in industry estimates to be revised down to an opening weekend of $175.5 million.

Globally, the film has a launch of $373.5 million with $198 million grossed overseas, including $26.8 million in the U.K.

It’s strange to think that an opening weekend that ranks as the third highest of 2019 and the third highest ever in December would be perceived by some as underperforming, but that speaks to the sky-high expectations that this Disney-made “Star Wars” trilogy has created for itself. In 2016, “The Force Awakens” posted a then-record $247 million opening and two years later, “The Last Jedi” took in a $220 million start. Regardless of those $200 million-plus expectations, “The Rise of Skywalker” is still meeting tracker projections, which were set at $175-205 million. Disney was more conservative, putting their tracking at $160 million.
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