To no one’s surprise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has annihilated the competition at the domestic box office. Having made $40 million on Thursday night showings alone, the film was already poised to make a killing during its opening weekend. The critically-maligned, audience-adored finale pulled in another $90 million on Friday, fast-tracking it for a projected weekend haul of almost $200 million. It’s still behind The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi but it has plenty of time to catch up. Don’t get too worried about it. Disney and Lucasfilm will be fine.
The J.J. Abrams-directed saga-capper brings young Jedi Rey, defected-stormtrooper-turned-Resistance-leader Finn, pilot Poe, and others together for a final battle against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and Emperor Palpatine. Together, they’ll have to rely on the strength of their spirits and the power of their bonds to overcome this formidable foe.
Now that The Rise of Skywalker is out and taking the world (minus China) by storm, it will be interesting to see if it can pass the domestic grosses of previous entries in the sequel trilogy.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters nationwide. Have you seen it yet?