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Whisper Numbers: Does Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still have the force?

The holiday box office season is about to cheer up with the arrival of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker [STAR9]. Director J.J. Abrams returns to conclude the sequel trilogy he started with The Force Awakens, which opened to $248 million in 2015. The Rian Johnson directed sequel The Last Jedi opened to $220 million in 2017, but divided the fanbase. Although The Rise of Skywalker corrected its course back to nostalgia and fan service, it’s unlikely to please everyone. Reviews are the worst of the three films as well as possibly in the whole nine-episode saga. Advance ticket sales have not surpassed The Last Jedi, while Disney is lowering expectation with a $160 million-plus forecast. Nevertheless, The Rise of Skywalker is the last film featuring characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. Fans and even detractors will seek closure for their beloved favorites. Taking over 4406 theaters, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could blast $201 million.

Despite new competition, Jumanji: The Next Level [JUMN2] could hold 55% in its second weekend at around $33 million.

Universal targets musical fans with the feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats [CATS]. Unfortunately, the PG-rated film has received negative buzz ever since the first trailer revealed the CG monstrosity back in July. Reviews are among the worst of the year. Prancing in 3380 theaters, Cats may scratch out $14 million.

Lionsgate expands Bombshell [FAIRB] wide to 1450 locations after a week in limited release. The expose into the toxic workplace at Fox News has earned excellent reviews and Oscar buzz. The star-studded cast led by Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie should connect with the progressive adult audience. Bombshell could hit $8.5 million.

That’s the whisper on the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): STAR9, JUMN2, CATS, FAIRB

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By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 01:04 PM 1005 views

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