Why is The Rise of Skywalker BO Still Lagging Behind The Last Jedi?



While Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues to reign supreme at the holiday box office, crossing $300 million domestically over the weekend after Friday’s tally of $26.2 million, it’s still not performing better than its predecessor Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


Though reaction to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been mixed, many felt that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was similarly divisive, putting both movies in a unique position. One thing the new film has been called out on is putting Kelly Marie Tran’s character, Rose Tico, on the back burner. She appears in the movie a mere 76 seconds after being featured very prominently in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. No doubt this disparity played a part in the Rian Johnson tweeting his support for Tran.


Strange that so much emphasis is being placed on the character of Rose Tico, an arguably uninteresting character who doesn’t really contribute much to the plot of The Last Jedi other than to repeatedly undermine and nag the character of Finn. The actress, Kelly Marie Tran, has a remarkably thin resume, so it would probably be to her advantage to begin seeking roles outside of the Star Wars universe. Much ado was made about the stories that she was harassed off the internet by “toxic fandom,” but that rumor has since been debunked.


J.J. Abrams’ third and final installment in the latest Star Wars trilogy is expected to earn over $76 million in its second weekend in North America. Its domestic is now $316 million, which trails The Last Jedi’s $321 million by less than 2% after debuting nearly 20% behind The Last Jedi in its opening weekend. Though the weekend isn’t over yet, it’s projected that the new film will make $141.5 million this weekend, which would put its total gross at $368.6 million. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out during the same time of year in 2017 and made $395 million in the eleven days following its release. These numbers put Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker several million behind The Last Jedi. All the Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score tweaking Disney can muster just doesn’t seem to be enough to overcome the difference.

Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level is on track for a $33.2 million weekend for a second place finish.




Then this from Itchy Bacca:

After celebrating the 35 Million dollar Christmas day, the legacy media is now forced to report this at Forbes:


Box Office: ‘Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker’ Plunges 71% On Friday

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has passed $300 million domestic and $600 million worldwide, and it’ll likely end the weekend neck-and-neck with The Last Jedi’s $368 million ten-day domestic cume.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker earned $26.2 million on Friday, soaring past $300 million in North America and $600 million worldwide. The film fell 71% from its $90 million Friday, which neither an emergency nor exceptionally strong. Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi dropped 76% on its second Friday, while Rogue One fell 67% on its second Friday and J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens dropped 58% on Friday number two, which just happened to fall on Christmas Day. As presumed for awhile now, The Rise of Skywalker opened well below Last Jedi but is having stronger post-debut legs.



How the 2nd weekend of Rise of Skywalker will compare to the Last Jedi’s 68.9% drop in its second weekend, is yet to be seen.


Thanks to Mike.H.M. Rogers for the tip.

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Jamison Ashley

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