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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker crosses $1 billion globally

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Story by Jack Foley

JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has predictably crossed the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office.

The film reached the milestone on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – its 28th day in release.

In the US alone, the film has taken $481.3 million, while it has amassed $519.7 million overseas for a current worldwide haul of $1.001 billion.

While its potential to cross the $1 billion mark was never really in doubt given the loyal fanbase surrounding it, most interest revolves around where it will eventually finish in comparison to other films in the most recent trilogy.

Rian Johnson’s divisive previous entry Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped out at $1.33 billion globally.

Analysts believe Skywalker has a chance at somewhere between $1.2 billion and $1.25 billion, a decline of somewhere between nine to six per cent, respectively, from Jedi, after an initial opening gap of 20 per cent.

The movie closes out the Skywalker saga that George Lucas first brought to the big screen 42 years ago, and which Abrams himself revived with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The franchise will now take a hiatus from the big screen as Lucasfilm regroups and decides which direction to take it in.

The successful performance of The Rise of Skywalker completes an extraordinary 2019 for Disney, which now has seven of its 2019 releases in the billion-dollar club.

The others are Avengers: Endgame (also now the top-grossing film of all time, with $2.79 billion globally), The Lion King ($1.65 billion), Frozen 2 ($1.37 billion), Captain Marvel ($1.12 billion), Toy Story 4 (1.07 billion) and Aladdin ($1.05 billion).

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.31 billion) — which was produced by Disney’s Marvel Studios — and Warner Bros.’ Joker ($1.06 billion) were the other two 2019 movies achieving the milestone.

Overseas, Skywalker‘s top market was the UK, with $72 million.