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The Rise of Skywalker Posts Lowest Box Office Opening Weekend in Recent Star Wars History

The conclusion of the nine-film saga has relatively lower ticket sales than its predecessors.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened with one of the lowest weekend ticket sales in the history of the franchise, earning just $374 million at the booth globally. That’s not bad, actually, but compared with the last two Star Wars films, and considering that this is the final episode that will end the trilogy of trilogies of the franchise, it could be something bad.

In 2015, The Force Awakens opened with an impressive $517 million in the US alone, while the succeeding film The Last Jedi smashed the box office with a $450 million global debut.

As of this writing, Rise of Skywalker has a rating of 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, enough for it to be named the second-worst reviewed film in the saga, just above Episode I: The Phantom Menace. A movie or TV show is considered “rotten” if less than 60 percent of reviews are positive.

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