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Rogue One Pushes Past $1 Billion Worldwide

Proving far more unstoppable than the Empire's superweapon, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

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With a domestic tally of $512.2 million and another $499.1 million from international markets, the first "Star Wars" standalone film now stands at $1.011 billion after 39 days of release.

It's the fourth film of 2016 -- all of them Disney releases -- to reach that milestone, after Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" ($1.153 billion), Pixar's "Finding Dory" ($1.02 billion) and Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia" ($1.024 billion).

"Rogue One" boasts the second-highest North American gross of the "Star Wars" franchise, behind 2015's "The Force Awakens," which finished its run with $936.6 million. That film, which launched the new trilogy, earned $2.06 billion worldwide.

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In the overseas market, the Gareth Edwards film earned $79.4 million in the United Kingdom, followed by China with $61.3 million and Germany $44.8 million.

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, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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