Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Passes $1 Billion Mark at Box Office
Yesterday, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker surpassed the billion-dollar mark in its 28th day of release. It becomes the 5th Star Wars film to reach this milestone. It is also Disney’s 7th billion-dollar release of 2019.
To put it in perspective with the rest of the Sequel Trilogy, The Force Awakens hit the billion mark after 12 days in release, while The Last Jedi hit that milestone in 19 days.
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 is once again 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.