Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lagging Behind The Last Jedi Despite Box Office Success

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might be suffering from mixed to negative reviews from critics, but that hasn't really stopped the third and final entry in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy from succeeding at the box office.

According to a new report by Deadline, early morning estimates suggest that The Rise of Skywalker is set to cross the $400 million mark at the domestic box office with a $407.6 M haul. The film's international box office numbers aren't as bad either, raking in $407.9 million in the international film market. Right now, the film's global total rests at $815.68 million.

These numbers are pretty good for a blockbuster movie, however, Deadline reports that Skywalker has been lagging behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The new Star Wars movie just went from being 2% behind Episode VIII to being 8% behind its predecessor during the film's first 13 days through Wednesday.

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There are many reasons why the film isn't doing as well as The Last Jedi. Despite being one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, The Rise of Skywalker has ended becoming one of the most divisive films in the franchise. Critics haven't really taken to The Rise of Skywalker. The film's critic score on The Rise of Skywalker has fallen from the original 59% score on Rotten Tomatoes to a new low measuring to 55% rotten on the review aggregate site.

These scores have been affecting the film's viewership in cinemas.

Another reason why The Rise of Skywalker hasn't been doing as well as its predecessor is because big box office days like Christmas and New Years fell much later in The Last Jedi's run. Of course, The Rise of Skywalker isn't done with its theatrical release just yet. Let's wait and see how the film fares.

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

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