LOS ANGELES (AP) – Plenty of force was with â€œStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on its first night in theaters, but it fell short of the two previous films in the trilogy.
â€œThe Rise of Skywalkerâ€ brought in an estimated $40 million in North America in its Thursday night previews, the fifth biggest Thursday opening ever.
The first film, â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ earned $57 million its Thursday night previews in 2015, at the time the biggest of all time. It was topped by the $60 million take of â€œAvengers: Endgameâ€ earlier this year.
The second film in the trilogy, â€œStar Wars: The Last Jedi,” had a $45 million tally on its opening Thursday night in 2017.
â€œThe Rise of Skywalker,â€ with â€œThe Force Awakensâ€ director J.J. Abrams back at the helm after Rian Johnson directed â€œThe Last Jedi,â€ didn’t appear to be affected by bad critic reviews. The film scored just 58% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 98% for â€œThe Last Jedi,â€ but its fan score is 85%.
The third film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Carrie Fisher and is expected to bring in $200 million by the end of the weekend.