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Box Office: “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” Slowdown Begins as New Film Falls Behind “Last Jedi” Numbers on 11th Day

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“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” is starting its slowdown at the box office.

On the 11th day of release, “Rise” made just $15 million. This is in comparison to “The Last Jedi,” which made $27 million on its 11th day, although that was Christmas Day, 2017. So to be fair, on the 10th day of “Jedi”‘s release, it made $17 million. But still, “Rise” has already had its Christmas Day– its opening day.

The reality is “Rise” is now at $377 million, and “Jedi’ on the same day was at $395 million. The fall off between the two movies is starting now. What’s really unfair for “Rise” is the lack of a second holiday weekend. With New Year’s in the middle of the week, this coming weekend won’t be a holiday for most people. “Back to school” will mean Thursday. By the weekend, the audience will be on to new problems.

The whole box office will suffer, accordingly. And on Sunday night, movie fans will presumably be watching the Golden Globes and and not at the theaters. Here comes 2020, with built in problems.

For “Jedi,” New Year’s Day produced $13 million in receipts. Let’s see how “Rise” does. If you haven’t seen it yet I can’t give it away, but there’s a BIG cameo. Just sayin….

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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