A month after it’s debut the last film in the Star Wars Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker crossed the $1 billion dollar mark at the global box office. At that time it had earned $481 million here domestically. Great numbers yes, but a disappointment in the sense that it was the slowest of the three Star Wars films produced by Disney. Over this past weekend, which is the sixth weekend since it’s stateside release the film finally crossed another milestone.
According to Forbes, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought in another $5.36 million here in the states, which finally put the film officially over $500 million domestically. This makes this film the 15th film to cross $500 million and it currently is the 15th highest earning film in history domestically right below Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which in 2017 grossed $504 million here in the states. Another interesting note is that as far as ticket sales go, this film is on par with Disney’s Finding Dory and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Both of the films domestic box office haul come out to $501 million when adjusted for inflation.
Again although these are great numbers overall, for Disney Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker feels like a disappointment because it hasn’t had the staying power as some of their other releases like Toy Story 4, Frozen II and even Christopher Robin. This is being attributed to a few things like the fact that kind of like the second of the Disney Star Wars releases, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it had mediocre reviews and a split fan base about the direction of the story. Another possibility is that Disney’s saturation of the Lucasfilm classic franchise, has probably made the the films less special. Especially considering that the last film audiences remember was Solo. Last and certainly not least, it lacked those special moments that warranted a second or even third viewing from fans. Whatever the case, it just didn’t do as well as the others.
But don’t feel bad for Disney they are going to be just fine. Overall the three Disney produced Star Wars films earned $5.9 billion worldwide and $2.8 billion domestically on a combined $1.25 billion budget. So although a lot of fans were not very happy with the last few films, for Disney the Star Wars relaunch is considered a commercial success, which is another problem altogether.
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