'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Plunges 71% On Friday
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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Plunges 71% On Friday

'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Plunges 71% On Friday

By Melissa Darling

Contributing Writer to Telegraph Local | See LinkedIn


The newest Lucasfilm and Disney phenomenon, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was released on Friday, December 20th, 2019. With the success of Disney movies of late, this final film in the saga that is the whole Star Wars franchise was expected to be a slam dunk. It’s been out for two Friday’s now, and we’ve got some numbers to compare. On its first Friday, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, posted $90 million. This is neither terrifyingly bad nor exceptionally good, but on its second Friday that just passed, it earned $26.2 million. This means that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker plunged 71% on Friday. As a whole, the film has generated over $300 million domestically and $600 million worldwide.

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It is predicted that at this point, the movie will end its weekend around the same as the preceding film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi came out with $368 million after 10-days, and The Rise of Skywalker will probably end up around there as well. To give more comparison between what we’ve seen other Star Wars movies doing on their debuts, director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, had a 76% drop on the second Friday. Rogue One fell 67% on its second Friday and director of The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, dropped 58% on the second Friday, which also happened to fall on Christmas Day that year. The Rise of Skywalker was also directed by J.J. Abrams this time around. Even though The Rise of Skywalker opened below what The Last Jedi had opened with, it is clear that it is stronger post-debut. If all goes as planned with no flukes, the second-weekend gross is projected to be about $78 million. This is down 56% from its $176 million opening weekend. If this is the case, J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker will be the third-biggest opener not to drop over $100 million in its second Fri-Sun weekend. This film would join Abrams original The Force Awakens as well Black Panther if that were to happen.

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Taking a deeper look into the Star Wars franchise as a whole, we can see other stats from films prior to this finale. Star Wars: A New Hope, initially released in 1977 and grossed $309 million. Following this is 1980 The Empire Strikes Back earned $209 million, and 1983 The Return of the Jedi posted $252 million domestically. Then came the prequel trilogy that started in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, which earned $431 million domestic. Followed by this in 2002 was Attack of the Clones earning $310 million. Finally, in 2005 Revenge of the Sith earned $381 million. Not very many were happy with The Last Jedi, which put a strain on The Rise of Skywalker, but we will find out more soon whether or not the movie will be a box office flop, or will be a prize in the franchise.

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