Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Thursday Box Office
Many sites look to spin or clickbait with stories. So, it’s often hard to see the digital forest for the trees. But while some are speaking to the $40-plus million brought in by The Rise of Skywalker as a disappointment, one analyst says the film will bring in a cool billion. And, as always, Star Wars box office remains a big story.
Will Star Wars Make $1 Billion?
Disney’s (DIS) “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” debuted at the box office on Thursday and is already breaking records. The movie has so far brought in $40 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to Walt Disney Co. estimates, making it the fifth-highest debut of all time.
“I think this is a billion-dollar movie worldwide all day long,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore Senior Media Analyst, on YFi AM…
“The previous ‘Star Wars’ installments, of course ‘Force Awakens’ was a phenomenon because of what it meant when that first film in this new era of ‘Star Wars’ was released. And that film went on to make $2 billion worldwide. ‘Last Jedi’ made $1.3 billion. I think this is right in the sweet spot for ‘Star Wars,’ more in line with ‘Last Jedi’, which was no slouch — $200 million opening, and went on to make over $1 billion at the global box office.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Takes in $59 million
Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione added:
Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker powered up its lightsabers in 46 material offshore markets through Thursday, grossing $59.1M at the international box office. That includes China where the force is, unsurprisingly, not strong with this final installment. Elsewhere, Episode IX has seen launches above Star Wars: The Last Jedi in most majors. With $40M in Thursday shows domestically, the movie is already at nearly $100M global in its first two days.
So far, all openings are No. 1 outside the UAE and China.