The Thursday Night Box Office Numbers For ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Spell Trouble For ‘Star Wars’

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Whether you ran to the theater as fast as you could or tried to hide under a rock to ignore any further Star Wars mania, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here and with it comes perhaps one of the greatest perils of our current society: people yelling on the internet.

Warning: massive spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker AND The Mandalorian will follow.

And regardless of whether you find yourself in the “can’t get enough” or “get it the fuck away from me” category, the amount of money the movie made on opening night is of interest to you either way.

That’s right, despite being the concluding chapter of a 42-year-old epic, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has made the least amount of money on opening night than the other two Disney-made entries in the main franchise. Not the best look for the Mouse House, who has had no problem producing hype and anticipation for The Mandalorian on Disney+ but has evidently struggled to do so with the preeminent tentpole franchise.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — the final film in the now 42-year-old Skywalker saga — stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher in her final movie role.

Released in theaters on Thursday, December 19, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters everywhere.


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