The Rise of Skywalker’s 92% Box Office Plunge Worst in Star Wars Franchise

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January 13, 2020  04:51 PM



It might not be a surprise to hear that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has lost its hold on the number one spot at the box office after four or so weeks in cinemas, however, analysts seem to be alarmed by the film’s 92% drop from its earnings.

Episode IX just recently lost is number one spot at the box office to Sam Mendes Oscar-nominated movie, 1917, and while it shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering the World War I film’s positive reviews, Forbes is concerned about The Rise of Skywalker’s dipping numbers.

According to the publication, Episode IX has just taken a low 92% plunge from the earnings it gathered during its opening weekend, raking in only $15.1 million at the domestic box office during its fourth weekend in cinemas. That’s a huge drop from its opening weekend haul which comes around to $177.4 million.

While a significant drop in revenue is expected for any film at its third or fourth week in the box office, The Rise of Skywalker’s plunge has made it the worst fourth-weekend showing for any film in the Star Wars franchise. That’s something to be worried about.

Forbes listed down the fourth-weekend drops, showing just how far Episode IX has gone down the deep end.

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - 91.5% drop
  2. Avengers: Endgame - 91.5% drop
  3. Captain America: Civil War - 91.4% drop
  4. The Lion King - 89.4% drop
  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 89.2% drop
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron - 88.7% drop
  7. Avengers: Infinity War - 88.6% drop
  8. Jurassic World - 86.3% drop
  9. Incredibles 2 - 84.4% drop
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 82.9% drop
  11. The Avengers - 82.3% drop
  12. Black Panther - 79.8% drop

Fans might not be as worried seeing how The Rise of Skywalker has the same drop as Endgame, however, readers do have to note that Episode IX is struggling to reach the $1 billion mark, whereas Endgame has gone on to beat Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Should Episode IX’s performance be a cause for concern for Disney? Perhaps.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.

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