Monday, June 17, 2024

Prediction: “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” Should Have $200 Mil Weekend Once Word Spreads About Surprise Cameos, Plot Twists


The box office will be crazy tonight as “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” opens tonight in preview shows around the country.

Because we don’t like to give away actual spoilers, no one knows yet about major surprises in the final installment of the franchise. There are HUGE ones. And once the word spreads about a cameo, and a plot twist at the end of the movie, that should send the numbers over the top.

So far, audiences have no idea what’s actually in the movie. Half or more of critics and bloggers have panned the film because it doesn’t expand “Star Wars” or isn’t adventurous enough. But they don’t seem to realize, this is THE END, the last chapter, and this movie is about tying up loose ends and bringing 42 years to a conclusion.

Director JJ Abrams does all of those things. And when the audiences start seeing the film tonight, the box office is going to take off like crazy. I just hope the fans can keep themselves from writing about specifics on social media. The temptation to announce what happens is severe. But clamp it down, kids. Let’s not ruin it for others!

And no, Jar Jar Binks does not make a comeback! But “Marriage Story” now has an ironic moment in it, and I wonder if it’s intentional.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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