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Source: Lucasfilm

‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’

DECEMBER 27 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has raced to $572m worldwide following a $54.9m Thursday (26) take, while the international arena delivered $24.4m for a $282.3m tally.

The sci-fi adventure directed by J.J. Abrams grossed $30.5m in North America and stands at $289.7m. The UK is the top market on a $39m running total, followed by Germany on $32.2m, France on $25.9m, Japan on $21.5m, and Australia on $17.1m.

China, never a big driver in the galaxy far, far away, has produced $15.1m, Spain $11.3m, Mexico $10m, Italy $9.4m, Brazil $7.7m, Russia $7m, and Sweden $6m.

The latest update came after The Walt Disney Company reported its running total of global theatrical grosses for 2019 was closing in on $13bn.

Through December 25, Disney releases including Fox films had generated $12.7bn worldwide, of which $8.6bn comes from the international arena, and $4.1bn from North America.

Excluding Fox, Disney’s stable of films has produced $10.7bn globally – which itself has already smashed the previous annual best of $7.6bn worldwide established by Disney in 2016 – and reported $7.1bn internationally and $3.6bn from North America

Blue Sky Studios’ Spies In Disguise opens day-and-date with North America this weekend in around 30 markets including the UK, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Indonesia, and India. Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and Ben Mendelsohn lend their voice talents to the family film.

Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II crossed $400m in North America where it has reached $404.8m. The animation has amassed $1.162bn worldwide and overtook Minions ($1.159bn) to become the third highest-grossing animation, and reached $757.2m internationally following mighty debuts in Scandinavia this week, where it posted the biggest animated opening day of all time in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and the biggest opening day of the year in Denmark ahead of Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Ford v Ferrari stands at $92m.

Knives Out from Lionsgate and MRC is on track to cross $200m at the worldwide box office this weekend after passing $100m in North America on Thursday.