Will Star Wars: Episode IX topple Avengers: Endgame box office records?

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Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX. Photo credit: LucasFilm

Movie lovers came out in droves to see Avengers: Endgame and broke records. Can Star Wars: Episode IX have a similar opening weekend?

Avengers: Endgame released last week, smashing records for preview nights and opening weekends — besting Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the process.

Disney has two incredible franchises on its hands, so it may not care which one winds up on top, but with the Skywalker Saga finale on tap for December, can Star Wars: Episode IX match Endgame’s box office numbers?

More from Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Undoubtedly, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will have incredible box office numbers when it comes out. Despite the negative noise coming from a fraction of the fandom, Episode IX will be a global hit when it comes out on December 20.

If you became a fan 40-plus years ago or just yesterday, you’re going to want to know how it all ends. Yet as of right now, we’re unsure if Episode IX will be able to beat Endgame’s records.

First, let’s look at the numbers: $350 million opening weekend in the U.S. with more than $1 billion in estimated sales worldwide.

That is just incredible. It also ranks in the top 20 in box office sales of all-time and it’s only been out for a few days. So what are Star Wars: Episode IX’s chances?

We take a look at the factors that will and won’t allow Star Wars: Episode IX to beat Avengers: Endgame.