Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker expected for estimated $200 million opening
We’re less than a month away from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and with many fans excited for the closure to the franchise-long Skywalker Saga box office forecasts have begun pouring in. The threequel is expected to gross between $175-205 million in its opening weekend, according to Deadline.
Though the estimates for its opening weekend are lower than the $220 million of The Last Jedi, that sequel also suffered from a diminishing return compared to The Force Awakens, which debuted to $247.9 million. The true obstacles the film will face heading into its opening weekend will be strong competition from Jumanji: The Next Level, which is also tracking to earn a strong debut and whose predecessor went up against Jedi and still grossed over $962 million.
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, 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 scheduled for release on December 20.