Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Crushes Competition Overseas

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” left its box office competitors in the dust, debuting overseas to a mighty $198 million.Though the ninth installment in the space opera series is tanking in China, where it launched with $12.1 million, “Rise of Skywalker” was the No.

1 film in nearly every other international market.

Directed by J.J.

Abrams, “The Rise of Skywalker” arrived in North America with $176 million, boosting its global haul to $374 million.Abroad, “The Rise of Skywalker” had the biggest opening in the U.K.

($26.8 million), followed by Germany ($21.8 million), France ($15.2 million) and Japan ($14.6 million).Some opening weekend highlights include the second-biggest bow of 2019 in a number of European markets including United Kingdom and Germany.

Across Latin America, it opened ahead of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” in nearly all territories including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.“Rise of Skywalker” is the final chapter in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy.

Its predecessors, “The

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