It looks like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is slowing down at the box office. The divisive Star Wars entry might have been doing particularly well during its first few weeks in cinemas, however, it seems like the intense World War I drama 1917 has unseated The Rise of Skywalker from its number one spot at the box office this week.
According to a report by CNN Business, 1917 has just beaten out The Rise of Skywalker at the box office, kicking out the third and final entry in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy from the perch it held on to for the last three weekends.
Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 has been enjoying commercial success thanks to the film’s strong critic score and thanks to the big night it had at the Golden Globes last weekend. The movie now has a worldwide total of $60 million, $21 million of which comes from the international market and $39 million of which comes from the domestic box office.
The film follows the story of two young British soldiers who race against time delivering a message that could save hundreds of others like them. 1917 is currently enjoying a 90% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, a significantly higher number compared to that of The Rise of Skywalker. Sure, Episode IX might have been one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019, however, the film was received quite poorly, managing only a 53% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Star Wars movies’ mixed to negative reviews seem to be affecting its performance at the box office because at its fourth weekend the film is struggling to reach the $1 billion mark.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.