Saturday, May 25, 2024

UPDATED “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” Flies to Larger Number Than Reported: $177.4 Mil, 12th Highest Weekend Opener Ever


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!

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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