Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Smashes Box Office


The opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now done and in the books.  We can now begin to be in awe of and amazed at the ticket sales numbers for this latest movie in the Star Wars franchise. The movie bumped Moana to the second spot however all that means is that Disney is sitting comfortably in the top two movie spots currently.

The movie came in at $155 million for its domestic opening weekend.

For the global market, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has already reached an impressive $290.5 million, spread out amongst all the 54 major international markets.


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The senior media analyst for ComScore (one of the lead box office tracking organizations), Paul Dergarabedian, commented on the movie; “We’re in uncharted territory for December,” He said. “It’s going to be really hard for any movie to catch up to this movie. … This is only the second time a movie has opened this big in December.”

The second time to which he refers is actually another Star Wars movie. 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in December as well and reached $247.9 million in ticket sales for the North American market.


What that means is Rogue One: A Star Wars story has solidified itself in the second place spot in the “All Time Best December Openings” category.  It is also one of the largest opening weekends for 2016. It comes in, according to BoxOfficeMojo, behind Captain America: Civil War, with an opening domestic weekend of $179,139,142 and the DC movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opened at $166,007,347.

It is also the twelfth largest movie opening of all time.

Death Troopers ©Lucasfilm LFL 2016.
Death Troopers ©Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

Breaking down numbers a bit further, 38% of the numbers came from 3D theaters even though 84% of the over four thousand theaters showing the film are 3D enabled. The 400 IMAX screens that played the movie raked in $19 million dollars towards that total amount. The PLFS (Premium Large Format Screen) theaters contributed $17.9 million dollars.

For all the numbers and the sheer massive amounts of people who headed to their local theaters and cineplexes to see the movie, the reception has been just as massively positive. RottenTomatoes has the movie still at an impressive 84% positive rating. Out of over 51 thousand ratings, 90% of people liked the movie it and the average rating is 4.3 out of 5.

Paul Dergarabedian commented again; “Rogue One” is the “perfect lead-in for 2017, which looks absolutely massive,”

Estimated Ticket Sales for This Weekend:

1. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” $155 million ($290 international).

2. “Moana,” $11.66 million.

3. “Office Christmas Party,” $8.4 million.

4. “Collateral Beauty,” $7 million.

5. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” $5 million.

6. “Manchester by the Sea,” $4.1 million.

7. “La La Land,” $4 million.

8. “Arrival,” $2.77 million.

9. “Doctor Strange,” $2 million.

10. “Nocturnal Animals,” $1.39 million

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