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!