Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in a few months, so when can fans preorder their tickets? Anticipation continues to mount for the Skywalker saga finale, even though the marketing campaign has been fairly bare bones thus far. The most prominent promotional materials released are the Celebration Chicago teaser trailer and the D23 special look, both of which offered snippets of new footage and included surprises that generated fan theories. These previews barely got into the film's main narrative, keeping Star Wars 9 under an intense shroud of secrecy.
Soon, however, the advertising blitz will be underway. The Triple Force Friday event is right around the corner, bringing about the first wave of Star Wars 9 tie-in merchandise (plus products for The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order). As Lucasfilm enters the homestretch, one thing viewers can't wait to learn is when they'll be able to secure tickets for opening weekend. Looking at how this was handled for the previous two installments of the sequel trilogy, we can attempt to make a strong prediction.
Ticket preorders for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi coincided with the final theatrical trailer debut. For the former, that took place on October 19, 2015, while the latter was on October 9, 2015. It's hard to pinpoint an exact date for The Rise of Skywalker, but we're going to say October 14, 2019 is most likely. We will update this post when more information becomes available.
During the sequel trilogy, Disney established a clear pattern of premiering the final trailer on ESPN's Monday Night Football. There's no reason to assume that will be any different for The Rise of Skywalker, so it should only be a matter of time before its own MNF trailer is officially announced. It's possible the Mouse House goes for Monday, October 7 instead, but it's worth keeping in mind October 4 is Triple Force Friday. The company would probably want to split up two major Star Wars events, keeping focus on the merchandise one week before transitioning to the trailer and tickets the next. There isn't a need to do everything at once. Granted, action figures and Funko Pops probably wouldn't distract from or overshadow a trailer drop, but Star Wars is in a position where they can take their time and let things breathe.
While there remains some question over when the tickets go on sale, there shouldn't be any debate about how much interest there'll be in obtaining them. Star Wars is coming off its first box office flop in last summer's Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the spinoff's commercial performance was more a byproduct of weak marketing and a suboptimal release date than franchise fatigue. With The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm is returning to the Christmas window that's been especially kind to the series over the past full years, and there's no denying Star Wars 9 feels like more of a proper cinematic event than Solo ever did. The Rise of Skywalker will most assuredly continue Disney's incredible box office dominance, so fans should be quick to get their tickets.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019