Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Generates More Than $1 Billion At Global Box Office
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has now managed a box office revenue of over $1 billion, despite receiving mixed reviews when it was released last month.
The latest episode of the much loved film series has become the fifth in the franchise to generate more than $1 billion, alongside The Phantom Menace, The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens and Rogue One.
The film still has some way to go if it is to eclipse the other two films in Disney's trilogy, with The Force Awakens out in front on $2 billion and The Last Jedi in second, generating $1.3bn globally.
This caps a successful year for Disney, with The Rise of Skywalker now their seventh billion-dollar film of 2019. The likes of Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, Aladdin and The Lion King all topped at least one billion at the box office.
Reaching $1 billion dollars in revenue is an impressive achievement for a film which received largely mixed reviews upon its release in December.
Vox Film critic Alissa Wilkinson called it 'a colossal failure of imagination' while The Guardian's Adam Bradshaw describes the film as a 'thrilling, fun-filled, light-speed finale'.
Hot take here, the kiss between Ben Solo and Rey at the end of The Rise of Skywalker was the worst thing to happen to Star Wars. Completely unnecessary pandering. Just my opinion. ♂️
- Ian Supinger (@Soupysithlord) January 16, 2020
So... I managed to avoid spoilers for Star Wars : The Rise Of Skywalker and see it over the weekend. For a couple hours I felt like I was 10 years old again. I loved it.. Period. Chewie got his medal!
- Dave Miska (@thedavemiska) January 16, 2020
The Rise of Skywalker impressively ranks as the third highest grossing film of 2019 in the UK, despite its late December 20th release date. It narrowly beat Frozen 2 to third place by little more than $1 million. Only Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King made more money in 2019, but were released in April and July respectively.
With this series coming to an end, Star Wars fans will be eagerly looking to Disney for what comes next. As it stands, there are three films scheduled for December '22, '24 and '26. There is also season two of Disney Plus' The Mandalorian coming soon.
Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a spin-off series for Disney Plus with filming to begin next year. There is also a Rogue One prequel in the works for Disney Plus set to be released in 2021.
A lot to get excited about for fans of the franchise.