Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker Soars To Box Office
LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker managed to score a big win at the box office following its release this weekend. After it's opening on 4,406 screens, the film brought in around $90 million, including $40 million from the Thursday previews.
Reportedly, the movie is projected to earn $195 million at the box office this weekend, which makes it more financially lucrative than the Lion King remake and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In other words, in domestic box offices, the film is on track to become the 8th best performing movie of all time.
According to The Wrap, the reception to the movie has been more mixed than the previous films in the franchise. Thus far, critics' Rotten Tomatoes score sits at 57%, much lower than the other movies in the series, including The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens.
CinemaScore rated the film a solid B+ in comparison to an A for Last Jedi as well as an A- for Solo: A Star Wars Story . Although, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes was much higher, earning a solid 86% on RT and a 4/5 and 70% from Postrak.
Universal's Cats ranked a C+ from CinemaScore, a meager 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, and also failed at the box office. Thus far, analysts are predicting a very weak $8 million opening from 3,380 screens against a budget of $95 million.
However, the movie has been praised by some as a future cult hit, although, thus far, it hasn't received the same audience praise of movies of a similar nature, for instance, The Greatest Showman which ended up being a hit in the long-term.
Other films on top of the box offices this month includes the second Jumanji film in addition to the sequel to the massive hit, Frozen . Last weekend, for instance, Frozen II crossed the $1 billion threshold globally and is likely going to get a $400 million domestic run.
As most know, the new Star Wars films have been polarizing, especially for the die-hard fans. However, it appears as though they continue to buy tickets.