Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might have been one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019, however, it seems like the film actually had one of the worst 50-day decline not only in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy but in blockbuster history.
Episode IX is finally nearing the end of its theatrical release, and now Forbes is trying to make sense of the film’s box office results. While The Rise of Skywalker achieved some pretty great box office milestones during its theatrical release, the publication takes note of how the film stumbled after its strong start.
Not only did the Star Wars movie had a less impressive opening weekend compared to its predecessors, but The Rise of Skywalker experienced a steeper and sharper revenue decline during its week-over-week theatrical release.
According to the publication, “almost no blockbuster ever has experienced this steep of a drop at the US box office.”
The Rise of Skywalker had a pretty decent start when it made $177.4 million during its opening weekend (which is still less compared to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $248 million haul and The Last Jedi’s $220 million opening weekend earnings), however, the film kept falling as the weeks went by.
What went wrong with Episode IX? There was so much riding on the film. Not only was The Rise of Skywalker the final entry in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, but it was also the film that was supposed to culminate the entire Skywalker saga.
It’s such a shame really that the sequel trilogy had to end this way. We're hoping that the movie gets a little boost by the end of its theatrical release.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.