‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Generates $90 Million on Friday, ‘Cats’ Stumbling

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will crush the box office this weekend with an enormous $195 million after taking in $90 million on Friday.“The Rise of Skywalker’s” Friday total represents the sixth-highest opening day of all time, behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which generated $91 million when it opened in 2011.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” both topped “The Rise of Skywalker’s” debut with $104 million and $119 million, respectively, for the fourth and second-highest opening days of all time.The final chapter in the Star Wars trilogy is opening at 4,406 locations nationwide, and should estimates hold, will come in slightly below higher industry forecasts of $200 million, though still above Disney’s projections in the $165 million arena.

“The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” both subject to more favorable critical reviews, reeled in $248 million and $220 million in their openings weekends.

Despite “The

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