The Star Wars brand continues to soar with the release of ‘Rogue One’ this past weekend.
The film crushed the domestic and worldwide box office.
In North America the Disney film took in an impressive $155-million.
Studio estimates predicted a weekend haul of $120-$150-million.
The film opened in approximately 4100 theaters across the United States and Canada.
It also brought in $290.5 million globally, making it the top movie around the world. And that number is without the world’s second largest movie market, China. The film opens there on January 6.
Rogue One didn’t have much competition at the box office this weekend either. Moana raked in $11.7 million ($161.9 million in total for the animation), Office Party earned $8.4 million ($31.5 million since debut), Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty opened at $7 million, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them scored $5 million this weekend (bringing its total up to $207.7 million).
Rogue One tells story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the secret plans to the evil Death Star. The film’s plot takes place right before the events of the original Star Wars film, 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently sitting at 85% on Rotten tomatoes.
Star Wars fans Episode VIII will be the next Star Wars film to hit the big screen.
“The next film in the Star Wars saga has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time,” Dergarabedian added. “It is hard to imagine a more powerful one-two punch than ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One’ as a lead-up to the release of ‘Episode VIII’ exactly one year from now.”