While both Fandango and Atom have reported record ticket sales for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” with the film coming in behind only “Avengers: Endgame” for first-day ticket presales, how much that will translate into full box-office success is unclear.
Box Office Pro reports that this finale of both the ‘Force Awakens’ trilogy and the overall nine-film ‘Skywalker Saga’ is currently on long-range tracking to open between $185 million and $225 million in the United States over the three day.
That puts it below ‘The Force Awakens’ with $248 million and possibly beneath ‘The Last Jedi’ with $220 million, though it’s hardly a major dip and in fact will almost certainly go up as we get closer to the date. Both the previous “Star Wars” trilogies saw their middle entries being the box-office weakling of the pack with the first performing the best and the third coming in second.
Good news for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ is that it has sold more tickets than any previous “Star Wars” movie on Fandango at the same point in the sales cycle. Said to clock in at 155 minutes, the longest “Star Wars” film to date, the movie opens December 20th in cinemas everywhere.