Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to have a $193.7 million opening for its domestic opening weekend, according to Deadline.
The Force is strong with $90 million earned on Friday, Rise of Skywalker is on pace for the third-biggest December opening ever behind The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Fans went out in droves for the Skywalker cast, which includes new Star Wars actors John Boyega, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and legends like Billy Dee Williams, and Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher.
The Last Jedi, helmed by Rian Johnson, earned a cool $45 million on Thursday which made for $104.6 million on its opening day. The J.J. Abrams-led The Force Awakens earned $57 million and a $119.1 million on that Friday. The film had a huge showing across the country, but “played best on the coasts and in the big cities,” Deadline reports.
Early critical reactions to Skywalker have been mixed. It has the distinct honor of holding the second-lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of the Star Wars saga (57 percent) ahead of 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace (53 percent).
This year has been good for Disney. It became the first studio ever to make more than $10 billion in a year at the worldwide box office this month.