As “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” heads into the holiday weekend, its second of release, the Disney film has already soared to $420 million at the global box office.
The first “Star Wars” standalone film added another $16.7 million domestically on Thursday, bringing its North American tally to $221.9 million just in its first week. Overseas it collected an additional $15 million, bringing its international total to $197.9 million, led by the United Kingdom with $35 million, followed by Germany with $18.1 million, France with $16.5 million, Australia with $16.1 million and Japan with $11.6 million.
“Rogue One” will open Dec. 28 in South Korea and Jan. 6 in China, the world’s second-largest film market.
The film’s $155 million domestic opening is the second-biggest December premiere in U.S. box office history, behind 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $248 million. Its $135.5 million international opening weekend rates as the fourth-largest December debut at the foreign box office, behind “The Force Awakens” ($281 million), “Avatar” ($164.5 million) and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138 million).
Set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” the film follows a ragtag group of Rebel fighters who undertake a dangerous mission to steal the design plans for the Galactic Empire’s new planet-destroying superweapon, the Death Star.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
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