The Rise of Skywalker: 2nd Biggest Christmas Box Office
The Rise of Skywalker came in ahead of The Last Jedi and scored the 2nd biggest Christmas box office in history yesterday.
Late Christmas night, Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro posted:
Industry estimates are showing Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker scoring the second-best Christmas Day ever at the domestic B.O. with $35M, behind 2015’s holiday record, Force Awakens, which made $49.3M. Disney has been reporting their actual daily figures for Skywalker at $1M-$2M below what the industry has been estimating. Even if Skywalker comes in lighter than what we’re seeing tonight, it’s likely to beat the Christmas Day grosses of Last Jedi ($27.4M) and Rogue One ($25.8M). Today’s cash for Skywalker puts its 6-day total at $261.8M, which is -6% behind Last Jedi over the same period of time. That pic finaled with $620.1M domestic.
Then, on Thursday, The Wrap’s Jeremy Fuster reported:
From Christmas Day through Sunday, “Rise of Skywalker” is projected to earn a stunning five-day total of $166 million, fueled by family audiences who were not yet on school break and were not present during the film’s $177.3 million domestic opening. With such a result, the film would have a 10-day total of $393 million. “The Last Jedi,” which was scheduled for release so that Christmas Day fell on its 11th day in theaters, grossed $395 million in its first 11 days.
Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, spoke to CNN.com about the Star Wars phenomenon.
This was the end of a trilogy of trilogies… It was an event for multiple generations, including those who have grown up with the franchise from day one to the prequel generation and, now, the current generation who will grow up with the new films and pass them down again.”