Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker passes $500 million mark
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker passed the $500M mark in its first 8 days, with $516.8 million worldwide to date. The J.J. Abrams film posted an estimated domestic Christmas Day of $32 million, the second best Christmas Day ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Its domestic total currently stands at $258.9 million.
The ninth film in the Skywalker Saga has already bested the worldwide totals for 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and should surpass 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 2002’s Attack of the Clones by this coming weekend.
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, J.J. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing everywhere!