‘Bombshell’ also came in behind expectations at $5.1 million, although the true test for all three pics will be their performance over the holidays. Jedi Knights and singing felines made for a wild, curious ride at the pre-Christmas box office.Though coming in notably behind the last two films in the trilogy, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker easily banished the competition to a galaxy far, far away with a huge weekend launch of $175.5 million at the North American box office and $373.5 million globally.Domestically, the movie scored the third-biggest December debut of all time behind Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 ($248 million) and Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017 ($220 million).Because the two earlier pics opened further away from Christmas, box office analysts are unanimous in saying that the true test for Rise of Skywalker will be its performance once presents are unwrapped on Dec. 25 and moviegoers are free to return to leisure activities after rushing to finish their shopping and attend holiday parties.Overseas, the latest Star Wars installment opened to $198 million from 52 territories, trailing the last two movies in like-for-like markets. While it opened No. 1 in nearly every country, Rise of Skywalker sputtered in China with $12.1 million. Europe… Read full this story
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