“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” opened to some mixed reviews, but that’s not stopping anyone from dropping money to go see it.
Estimates are being put at $40-$55 million being brought in during Thursday nights preview. Further estimates are expecting over $100M for the weekend, with some statics even suggesting closer to $175M. If it gets to the higher projection, it could be the third best opening ever for December.
The $40 Thursday opening is the fifth highest preview of all-time after April’s “Avengers: Endgame” ($60M), 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($57M) and 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ($45M) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ($43.5M).
The film was produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi”, and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga”. The film’s ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.