Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker posts the second-biggest Christmas Day box office of all-time.
According to Deadline, The Rise of Skywalker grossed $32 million domestically on Wednesday, the second-best haul on Christmas ever. As one might expect, Rise of Skywalker trails only The Force Awakens ($49.3 million) on the list. For comparison’s sake, The Last Jedi earned $27.4 million on Christmas 2017, which is the third-highest total for the holiday. The Rise of Skywalker has now passed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.
By virtue of its opening weekend, The Rise of Skywalker will ultimately go down as the lowest-grossing sequel trilogy installment, which clearly isn’t what Disney was hoping for. Still, that The Rise of Skywalker is outperforming The Last Jedi during the week indicates general audiences have taken a liking to it and are making sure to catch it on the big screen. With The Rise of Skywalker receiving mixed professional reviews, there was a fear that word-of-mouth would dissuade some viewers from going to see it, but moviegoers seem to be enjoying The Rise of Skywalker. In fact, backlash for the film is the inverse of Last Jedi’s, with fans viewing it in a much better light than critics. With The Rise of Skywalker facing little competition at the box office, it should be able to dominate the charts over the next few weeks, in all likelihood becoming yet another $1 billion smash for Disney.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.