“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” blasted into wide release Friday with a $71.1 million domestic haul.
That figure includes $29 million from Thursday previews, which surpassed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War” for the biggest of the year.
Conservative early box-office projections, including those from Disney insiders, place the first “Star Wars” standalone film on a course to finish the weekend with between $143 million and $150 million in North America. Others, however, put that number at around $155 million. Whichever way the final receipts fall, it will give “Rogue One” the second-best December domestic debut of all time, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened at the same time last year with $248 million.
The film, which opens this weekend in most major world markets except China and South Korea, is expected to earn as much as an additional $200 million overseas.
“Rogue One” is set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” and focuses on a ragtag group of Rebels that 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.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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