The Force is with Disney and Lucasfilm. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has risen beyond $1 Billion at the global box office. This makes it Disney’s 7th film released in 2019 to cross that mark. The movie is the ninth, and final, movie in the Star Wars saga that started back in 1977.
Compared to other Star Wars films, Rise is performing forth best behind Episodes VII “The Force Awakens,” VIII “The Last Jedi” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” All together the 11 Star Wars films have grossed over $10.1 billion at the worldwide box office.
So far Rise is the 46th film to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. Right now its targeting a final total of around $1.1B after all domestic and international runs finish.
Would the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney have liked to see better performance at the box office? I’m sure they would have. But third films in trilogies typically under-perform the first two. Where they usually make it up is in post-theatrical release syndication rights and home video. It’s not clear how today’s home streaming video on demand world changes that equation. But having all the Star Wars films is certain to be a big draw for Disney+.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that Disney and Lucasfilm intend to take a break before returning any Star Wars movies to the big screen, but there is plenty of Star Wars content on the small screen, and more coming. How do you feel about the state of the Star Wars galaxy today fans?