Wall Street Journal reports:
‘Star Wars’ Leads Box Office With Disappointing $175.5 Million
Final installment of Skywalker trilogy opens down 20% from ‘Last Jedi’ debut
After mixed fan reaction and thumbs-down from most critics, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” took in an estimated $175.5 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, the lowest opening of the trilogy produced by Walt Disney Co. The “Skywalker” opening, which theater owners had hoped would debut north of $200 million, is 29% below the 2015 installment “The Force Awakens” and 20% below “The Last Jedi” from 2017.
Though massive by most standards, the “Skywalker” opening fell short of exhibitor hopes, considering it was the culmination of a series accustomed to record-setting openings.
John Matrixx comments:
Also, from comicbook.com:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Flops in China, Could Earn Less Than Solo
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker flopped in China with a $12 million opening weekend that includes previews, and local analysts believe the J.J. Abrams-directed sendoff for the nine-episode Skywalker Saga could struggle to reach $20 million in the territory, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That figure would be the second-lowest for any Star Wars movie, coming in just ahead of young Han Solo prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story, which earned only $16.4 million in China before going on to become the lowest-grossing live-action Star Wars movie worldwide when it grossed $392 million in the summer of 2018.
Originally published here.