'Skywalker' disappoints with $374M debut weekend

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"The Rise of Skywalker" came with worse reviews than any "Star Wars" movie, except "The Phantom Menace" of 1999, which was the famous Jar Jar Binks debut announcement.

This is likely due to mixed critics of the critics' movie, with a 57% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

That response may have muted what could have been a record-setting weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie brought in $176 million at the domestic box office, and $373 million worldwide. Without a doubt, the fan backlash against The Last Jedi turned many die-hard folks against the Star Wars franchise as a whole. It grossed $12.1 million in the world's second largest movie marketplace. 2017, enjoyed a $220 million opening weekend in the USA, the fourth-biggest opening of all time.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) "THE RISE OF THE SKYWALKER" DIRECTOR J.J. Cathleen Taff, head of Disney distribution, called it a great start. "Audiences are generally responding really positively to the film". Let us know in the comments. Digital ticket retailers like Fandango and Atom Tickets actually did experience a minor implosion when advance tickets for The Rise of Skywalker went on sale, as the sites experienced an incredible influx of traffic of fans trying to secure their seats for the film as quickly as possible.

Such expectations did not await Tom Hooper's adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats". Most of its box office returns came from Friday screenings, which normally does not occur for a Star Wars movie. In 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion.

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The force is clearly still with the galactic good guys, as "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" opened with a massive estimated take of $175.5 million in North America, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters. It's unclear whether Epic will add these items to the Star Wars shop or if they'll replace the current offerings. The creators of "Game of Thrones" David Benioff and DB Weiss recently retired from the planned "Star trilogy". "The Mandalorian" helped launch the Disney Plus broadcast service.

British actor Daisy Ridley poses with stormtroopers upon arrival for the European premiere of Disney's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in London on Dec 18, 2019.

"It's time to devote a lot of attention to the streaming environment for "Star Wars" and then come back with a vengeance", said Dergarabedian". "There are many lessons to learn and certainly from this latest installment".

"Rise of Skywalker" helped improve the shortfall at the box office compared to a year ago, but ticket sales are still running 4.6% behind 2018, according to Comscore. Rian Johnson's "Last Jedi" follow-up, the starry whodunit "Knives Out" continues to do strong business for Lionsgate.

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