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Star Wars Wins The Weekend Box Office Again: 'Skywalker' Rises to the Verge of $1 Billion

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The third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy brought in $33.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $450.8 million and $919 million worldwide. While the numbers are strong, it is still behind what "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi" earned by their respective third weeks.

While suffering an upset at the hands of Laika Entertainment's "The Missing Link" for best animated feature at last night's Golden Globes, Disney has been cleaning up at the box office. 

Last week, Disney undefined reported a record estimated $11.12B global haul in 2019. The studio set another record last week with Frozen 2  becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time at $1.32B. 

The top six releases of the year in the domestic market -"Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King," "Toy Story 4," "Frozen 2," "Captain Marvel," "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" all belonged to Disney; so was number eight "Aladdin."

"Avengers" and "Captain Marvel" combined for nearly $1.3 billion at the domestic box office. "Live action" remakes of animated classics Aladdin and The Lion King brought in close to $900 million. Disney's two animated sequels also combined for nearly $900 million. "The Rise of Skywalker" grossed more than $390 million domestically in 2019 despite being open in theaters for just the last 12 days of the year.

Box office analysts predict that 2020 could result in a much closer race between the major studios (Disney, Warners and Universal), while Paramount hopes for a comeback with the releases of major sequels "Top Gun: Maverick" and "A Quiet Place: Part II."

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