It’s always a matter of when and not if with Star Wars movies logging a billion-dollar box office, and the “when” for The Rise of Skywalker is right now.
Tuesday box office totals brought the global ticket sales for the latest Star Wars up to $1.001 billion, Disney confirms. Starting with the movie’s Dec. 20 release, it took 28 days for Skywalker to hit this milestone.
That’s a longer climb to $1 billion than either of the two previous movies in this new Star Wars trilogy. The Force Awakens, released Dec. 16, 2015, hit $1 billion in 12 days. The Last Jedi, released Dec. 13, 2017, got to $1 billion in 19 days.
Box office has split pretty evenly between domestic ticket sales and foreign ticket sales. In the U.S., The Rise of Skywalker‘s box office currently sits at $481.3 million. The other $519.7 million comes from other countries, with the United Kingdom ($72 million), Germany ($61.7 million), and Japan ($56.4 million) leading the pack there.
You might be tempted to look at the slower climb to $1 billion as a negative for the Star Wars franchise, but don’t lose sight of the basic fact here: The Rise of Skywalker is now a billion-dollar movie. By any conceivable measure, that’s a massive success.
It also caps off what was a huge year for Disney, with the new Star Wars giving the studio its seventh billion-dollar release of 2019. You can probably figure out the others, but they are: Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Frozen II, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, and Aladdin. While it’s not technically counted as a Disney movie, the Sony co-production Spider-Man: Far From Home, the fourth-highest grossing movie of 2019, also belongs in the same group.
Disney’s doing just fine.