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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is a 2019 American epicspace opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga“. It was produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams’s production company Bad Robot Productions and was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film’s ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. It features the second posthumous film performance by Fisher, who died in 2016 and appears through the use of unused footage from The Force Awakens.
As of March 15, 2020, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has grossed $515.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $558.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.074 billion.
However, Deadline Hollywood did write that “we can’t ignore” the less than stellar audience exit scores, which could affect the film’s legs moving forward. The film made $32 million on Christmas Day, the second-best total ever for the holiday after The Force Awakens‘$49.3 million in 2015. It went on to have a five-day total of $135.2 million, including $72.4 million for the weekend. In its third weekend the film made $34.5 million, remaining in first, before being dethroned in its fourth weekend by newcomer 1917.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 52% based on 479 reviews, with an average rating of 6.16/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 61 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.