Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is the year’s big-budget blockbuster tentpole and it is unsurprisingly wasn’t cheap to produce. The movie is the big-budgeted tentpole of this year but how much did it cost to make the whole movie? Disney’s already overseen the release of one massive pop culture finale this year in the form of Avengers; Endgame, which was one of the most expensive films ever produced. Some months later the Mouse House is back at it to close the book on yet another iconic cinematic story. After much anticipation, the final chapter in the narrative is finally here, hoping to send the year in the film out on a high score.
Following Star Wars first box office flop in Solo, all eyes on Rise of Skywalker to see if it can be a return to form for the franchise, commercially speaking. Unfortunately for Disney, the film is currently projected to have the lowest opening weekend in the sequel trilogy, but it should still make close to 200 million dollars domestically during that debut. Disney is going to need all of the box office dollars they can find, as the latest Star Wars movie was not cheap to make at all.
With that budget, anything less than 1 billion dollars for The Rise of Skywalker will be considered a disappointment. The Force Awakens earned about 2 billion dollars while Rogue One and The Last Jedi each crossed the 1 billion dollar mark during their respective holiday season runs.
Even with the lower box office estimates and less than stellar Rotten Tomatoes score, The Rise of Skywalker should be in shape financially. Despite competition from Jumanji; The Next Level which made box office history and Cats this month, The Rise of Skywalker is still December’s premier movie event, and with the film already generating conversations, people will want to see it for themselves to form an opinion.