Graphic reveals the budget and global box office takings for each of the previous eight main canon Star Wars movies – with insights into the final episode due in cinemas from December 18.
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End of the line for the current Star Wars franchise

By Ninian Carter

December 18, 2019 - The final episode of Star Wars ends an epic nine-part space opera that began over 40 years ago, but can it live up to the hype or match the monumental box office haul of The Force Awakens?

Box Office Pro is predicting a U.S. domestic opening weekend of $200 million for the final entry in the Star Wars nonology, The Rise of Skywalker.

The ninth episode in the sprawling sci-fi saga comes out 42 years after the original movie, then simply entitled Star Wars, landed in theatres in 1977.

To date, three trailers have been released, giving fans glimpses of highly unexpected scenes. In several clips, Rey is seen battling Kylo Ren on the wreckage of the Death Star (destroyed in Return of the Jedi) – now protruding from an ocean moon named Kef Bir. In another emotionally charged scene, the droid C-3PO says he is “taking one last look… at my friends.” An ominous voice-over from the evil Emperor, aka Darth Sidious, implies that he was not killed at the end of episode VI after all, and is back for revenge.

The Rise of Skywalker is released in the U.S. on December 20, although many European countries will screen it from December 18.

PUBLISHED:28/10/2019; STORY: Graphic News; ADDITIONAL ARTWORK: Handouts
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