Director J.J. Abrams will be looking to break the trend of Star Wars films underperforming in China with The Rise of Skywalker as the film is set to open in that location on the same day (December 20) as here in the United States.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has locked down its release date in the world’s most populous nation.
The Disney and Lucasfilm tentpole will open in China on Dec. 20, day and date with its launch in North America.
The ninth Stars Wars feature and the final film in the Disney-produced sequel franchise, Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell. Original Star Wars actors including Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) also return, as does the late Carrie Fisher (Leia) via previously unused footage that Abrams shot for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here are the box office tallies in China for each of the previous Star Wars film released under Disney’s ownership (via Variety):
The Force Awakens – $124 million
Rogue One – $69 million
Solo: A Star Wars Story – $16.5 million
The Last Jedi – $42.5 million
Will Episode IX and the conclusion to the Skywalker saga be enough to sway movie-goers in China? We’ll find out soon enough.