Lowest opening of current trilogy for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

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Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Hopes that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could become the seventh billion dollar Disney movie of 2019 could be fading.

After blasting off over the weekend, it made $175.5 million (£135 million) in the US, pretty substantially less that its two predecessors.

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That compares to openings of $247 million (£190 million) for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and $220 million (£169 million) for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and Anthony Daniels is C-3PO in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

In all, it's made $373.5 million (£287 million) worldwide so far, and while it will be launching itself into profit soon enough, it's clear that it won't be making the kind of final chapter haul seen by Disney's other prime property, the Avengers.

The Force Awakens ended up making $2 billion, globally, while The Last Jedi made $1.3 billion.

But a combination of middling reviews, a divisive fan response to The Last Jedi and general franchise fatigue could all be contributing factors to a somewhat lacklustre opening weekend.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Since Disney bought up Lucasfilm in 2012, we've had The Force Awakens in 2015, prequel Rogue One in 2016, The Last Jedi in 2017, Solo in 2018 (the first Star Wars movie ever to lose money) and now The Rise of Skywalker in 2019.

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Disney boss Bob Iger has previously said that he regrets releasing so many Star Wars movies so quickly.

But nonetheless, we can now also add Disney+ show The Mandalorian to the pile too, plus further streaming series planned for Rogue One character Cassian Andor and Ewan McGregor also reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi too.