Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may be one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, however, it seems like the third and final entry in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy may not do as well at the box office as originally expected.
Critics haven't been taking to The Rise of Skywalker too kindly. The film's score on Rotten Tomatoes is a dismal 58% with the critical consensus saying that while Episode IX "concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion," the movie also "suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination."
Now it seems like the film's box office results may suffer from those reviews.
According to Box Office Pro (via Bloomberg), The Rise of Skywalker is now expected to take in between $160 to $190 million during its first three days in cinemas. This new forecast is $225 million less than what industry analysts expected last week – the result of the film's reviews from critics.
The Rise of Skywalker's critic reviews have been some of the worst since Star Wars: Phantom Menace, a film which raked in a critic score of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Still, despite the failure to please critics, The Rise of Skywalker still has a pretty great shot at pleasing the Star Wars fanbase, gathering enough tickets and enough profit to appease the Mickey Mouse House. Critic reviews generally don't represent what the fanbase thinks of a film, and so far it seems like fans are loving Episode IX. The film is currently enjoying an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes – though we've yet to see whether this score drops lower or climbs higher as the film continues its theatrical release.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.