Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” Scores $40 Mil Preview Night Despite Mixed Reviews, Heads to Record Weekend


The critics tried to kill it, but “Star Wars” lives.

“Rise of Skywalker” scored $40 million in previews Thursday night and is headed to a record weekend.

American audiences went crazy for the last chapter in George Lucas’s saga even if Chinese theaters were unimpressed. Over there, “Skywalker” failed to get much reaction with just $1.5 million on its opening day.

But word of mouth has been excellent here on social media, with fans posting favorable reactions. Many said they loved it and wanted to see it again. And so they shall.

This is the 5th best preview opening ever, but behind the last two “Star Wars” movies. But it’s the worst- reviewed, so that speak to the popularity of the franchise. Tonight, with excellent word of mouth, “Rise” should rise again!



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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