By James Hibberd
December 20, 2019 at 11:49 AM EST
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Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

The opening night box office numbers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are in.

The Disney film earned $40 million in Thursday night preview screenings.

This is considered super strong — the fifth-biggest preview night in box office history, and the film is on its way to at least $200 million for the weekend.

But that haul is below the last two Skywalker Saga films. By comparison, 2015’s The Force Awakens had $57 million for its preview night and 2017’s The Last Jedi had $45 million, according to Comscore.

Non-Saga titles, 2016’s Rogue One had only $29 million, while 2018’s Solo had only $14 million.

Here are the previous top five openers via Comscore:

1) Avengers: Endgame – $60M Thurs / $357M three-day
2) The Force Awakens – $57M / $248M
3) The Last Jedi – $45M / $220M
4) Harry Potter 7, Part 2 – $44M / $169M
5) The Rise of Skywalker – $40M / TBD

Internationally, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is open in 46 markets. The first two days have seen it earn a strong $59 million to date.

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Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

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