Rise of Skywalker ascends to top of Fandango’s weekend sales
In addition to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker eyeing a $450 million opening weekend, the movie is climbing to the top of Fandango’s weekend sales and reigning with top scores on Fandango’s Fanticipation Movie Buzz Index. Fandango reports that presales for the film are pacing similarly to presales for The Last Jedi at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle, representing more than 70% of Fandango’s daily ticket sales.
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 millennial moviegoers, the company found that:
-91% are preparing for The Rise of Skywalker by watching 2017’s The Last Jedi, while 86% are watching 2015’s The Force Awakens.
“As the journey nears its end, Skywalker is forging a new empire of fans who can’t wait to experience the terrific finale of the nine-film Skywalker series, stuffed with action, adventure, humor, heart, inspiration, new heroes, plus the welcome return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “Seeing a Star Wars film on the big screen is a family holiday tradition, and according to our survey, fans will return to the theater multiple times over the next few weeks for repeat Skywalker viewings.”
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.