“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has risen to the top of the box office with a massive opening weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, the final chapter of the “Star Wars” trilogy that began with 2015’s “The Force Awakens” has brought in $176 million at the domestic box office, easily taking the top spot. Overseas, the film pulled in an additional $198 million, for a worldwide total of $374 million.
While those are stratospheric numbers to be sure, they still pale in comparison to the film’s predecessors; “The Force Awakens brought in $248 million domestically, while 2017’s “The Last Jedi” took in $220 million. However, “The Rise of Skywalker” can also boast of being one of the biggest openings of the year, and the third-best December release ever — following “The Force Awakens” and “Last Jedi”.
The news was nowhere near as good for the weekend’s other high-profile new release. The star-studded film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” couldn’t even make it to second place, landing in fourth with a dismal domestic take of just $6.5 million.
“Jumanji: The Next Level” took the second-place spot with $26.1 million in its second weekend, for a domestic total to date of $101.9 million.
Disney’s “Frozen II” landed in third place, adding $12.3 million in its fifth weekend of release for a domestic total to date of $386.5 million.
Following “Cats” in fourth place, “Knives Out” came in at number five with $6.1 million, for a four-week domestic total of $89.6 million.