Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Rise of Skywalker Finds Star Wars on the Decline


It was a given that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was going to top the box office over the weekend, the only question was just how well it would do. Being that it is the end of a trilogy and the conclusion to the entire Skywalker saga, you might assume it would be the highest grossing movie in the series but unfortunately for Disney, it is off to a slower start than expected. The movie earned $175.5 million over three days, which to be fair, is the third largest December opening ever. But compared to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($247 million and $220 million respectively), it is definitely off the mark. Time will tell if audiences are flat out skipping this one or if they are just not feeling the need to rush out and see it immediately. Elsewhere, Jumanji: The Next Level fell to second place with $26.1 million followed by Frozen II. Cats debuted in fourth with a disastrous $6.5 million and it seems unlikely that any last minute vfx upgrades are going to help salvage this one. Knives Out rounded out the top 5.

1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — $175.5M
2. Jumanji: The Next Level — $26.1M
3. Frozen II — $12.3M
4. Cats — $6.5M
5. Knives Out — $6.1M
6. Bombshell — $5.1M
7. Richard Jewell — $2.6M
8. Queen & Slim — $1.9M
9. Black Christmas — $1.8M
10. Ford v Ferrari — $1.8M

  • Grant Radke

    A few weeks ago Jay said on the podcast that Star Wars needs romance, and the Disney Star Wars movies don’t have it. I agree. I haven’t seen the newest one but the first two Disney Star Wars don’t have that romantic storyline that audiences want.

  • Jr

    Well, I guess they got on board because this one is full of boners

  • Aaaand que when JJ and Rian blame the decline on men who hate women.

  • Beat_C

    so happy to see “cats” flop HARD.

  • Lori Cerny

    Um, gonna disagree. I don’t think 40-year-old man boys are looking for romance.

  • 1138sw

    Not surprised! The trilogy seems like two directors having a fight about what SW should be…and to be honest neither of them had any idea.

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  • janorlane18

    I feel the same.