Estimates once again offer that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues tanking at the box office as its second weekend is down considerably with a near 60 percent drop.
While the Hollywood trade sites like Deadline are trying to spin things like the numbers are good, bear in mind fewer people went to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on its opening weekend than The Last Jedi.
So while Skywalker and The Last Jedi had basically a similar second-weekend box office, the only reason The Last Jedi had a bigger second-weekend drop of 67.5% compared to Skywalker‘s 59% drop is that more people went to see The Last Jedi when it first opened.
The Rise of Skywalker is also underperforming compared to The Last Jedi as Skywalker trails around $6.3 million behind Last Jedi at the same point in time.
Also bear in mind the estimates from the Hollywood trade sites have been over-exaggerated with the actuals lower, so the drop for Skywalker could be even larger.
Here are box office the numbers:
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
DOMESTIC (48.5%): $341,330,816
INTERNATIONAL (51.5%): $363,000,000
Dec 20-22: $177,383,864
Dec 27-29: $72,000,000 (-59.4%)*Estimated
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
DOMESTIC (46.5%): $620,181,382
INTERNATIONAL (53.5%): $712,358,507
Dec 15-17: $220,009,584
Dec 22-24: $71,565,498 (-67.5%)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
DOMESTIC (45.3%): $936,662,225
INTERNATIONAL (54.7%): $1,131,561,399
Dec 18-20: $247,966,675
Dec 25-27: $149,202,860 (-39.8%)