On it’s 28th day on worldwide release, The Rise of Skywalker has crept over the billion dollar mark, making it the fifth Star Wars film to reach that illustrious number and edging up the all-time global chart to 46th position, ahead of the original The Lion King and just behind The Dark Knight.
With $1,000,707,423 in the coffers, the next GFFA target is The Phantom Menace in 42nd position with $1,027,044,677 and in 35th position with $1,056,057,273 Rogue One. That would see it end its run as the third highest grossing Star Wars film behind The Last Jedi on $1,332,539,889 and The Force Awakens with an increasingly incredible $2,068,223,624.
At the domestic box office Rise now lies in 16th place with $481,307,423, sliding past The Phantom Menace in 17th position with $474,544,677 and A New Hope in 18th with $460,998,007. By the end of the week Finding Dory should have been passed, and then it’s a swim to $500m and the number 14 film Beauty and the Beast.
Don’t discount the power of the films recent Oscar nominations, which could now propel it to further box office glory. It’s notable that the film has slowed significantly – yesterday was the first day that Rise fell behind Rogue One with Rise on $481,307,423 compared to Rogue‘s $481,656,462. However, as stated, success at February’s Academy Awards could shine a light on the film as Rogue‘s 2 nominations did for the first standalone. Hopefully, a frankly ridiculous 36 year Oscar dry spell will be ended.