It appears the rebellion is only getting started.
On top of its $64.3 million domestic performance over the four-day holiday weekend, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” added another $45.8 million from international markets, propelling the Lucasfilm release to $790 million worldwide. And that’s without China, the world’s second-largest film market, where the movie opens on Friday.
The film has grossed $439.7 million in North America, pushing past Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” ($408.1 million) to become the second-biggest release of 2016. “Rogue One” will soon unseat Pixar’s “Finding Dory” ($486.3 million) to take the top spot.
The United Kingdom is the top overseas market for “Rogue One” with $64.3 million, followed by Germany with $34.4 million, France with $29.8 million, Australia with $27.3 million and Japan with $24.3 million.
If “Rogue One” was a test for the franchise — to say nothing of Disney, which paid $4.06 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012 — then we can safely say it passed. Produced for a reported $200 million, it’s the first “Star Wars” standalone film, set outside the trilogies. It will be followed in 2018 by an untitled feature focusing on a young Han Solo, from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” “Rogue One” follows a ragtag group of Rebels who undertake the dangerous mission to steal the design plans for the Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying new superweapon, the Death Star.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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