MONDAY The final numbers were higher: $177.4 million.
SUNDAY: “The Rise of Skywalker” had a huge opening weekend. But it was only the 12th biggest weekend in movie history.
JJ Abrams’s final chapter in the Star Wars saga is predicted to reap $175.4 million through tonight. It’s very good but not spectacular.
There was some hope it would hit $190 million, but that dream looks like it died. As with “Cats,” snark did some damage. Luckily, it wasn’t as much damage!
Of course, this could change if more people wind up going today to see the final flight of the Millenium Falcon and say farewell to the Skywalker family.
“The Force Awakens” opened with $247 million. “The Last Jedi” took $220. So that’s significant fall off. But it’s better than a kick in the bustle, as my grandmother used to say!