Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker takes $90 million Friday
After pulling in an impressive haul of $40 million on its opening Thursday night, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has seen a strong Friday at the box office with just over $90 million earned domestically, putting it on track to earn $193.7 million over the weekend, putting it behind The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
While the haul is below its predecessors, it still puts it on the path to becoming a box office hit and making it the third best domestic opening for a Lucastilm project since Disney’s acquisition of the production banner.
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.