Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Rules Galaxy With Death Star-Sized $155M Debut
Well, to the surprise of absolutely no one, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rules the galaxy with a Death Star-sized $155 million debut in North America and $135.5 million internationally. This means the Star Wars spinoff film has earned $290.5 million in its first weekend, becoming the second-best opening of all-time for December, behind last year’s The Force Awakens. This follows from presale projections, as Rogue One was second only to The Force Awakens in all-time advanced ticket sales.
This is massive for Disney and Lucasfilm, because it proves that they can create successful films that exist outside the numerical Star Wars saga. Granted, there’s no telling if the Star Wars hype is something that will last forever, since even the biggest film properties decline after a while. But hey, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still going strong, despite having multiple films release in a given year. This could be a second cinematic universe to keep Disney ahead of all studios. In fact, with new Star Wars and Marvel movies coming out each year, along with the traditional Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios films, AND the live-action remakes of Disney classics, it’s hard to imagine ANY studio unseating Disney in terms of sheer box office revenue in a given year. Maybe James Cameron’s Avatar sequels will eventually help 20th Century Fox bridge the gap, but who even knows, at this point? This is Disney’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
However, Rogue One was pretty much the only strong newcomer this weekend, as the big rival among newcomers was the latest Will Smith drama, Collateral Beauty — which completely and utterly bombed in its opening weekend. The ensemble drama earned just $7 million, in what could be Smith’s all-time worst wide opening before it’s all said and done. Collateral Beauty came in at No. 4 behind holdovers such as Disney’s Moana ($11.7 million), and holiday comedy Office Christmas Party ($8.5 million).
Rounding out the Top 5 is Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which earned $5 million to bring its domestic total to an impressive $207.7 million. This was enough to keep ahead of some major awards contenders, which received major bumps this week with the announcement of the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations: Manchester By the Sea earned $4.2 million to land at No. 6, just ahead of presumptive Best Picture frontrunner La La Land, which comes in at No. 7 with $4 million.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 12/12/2016
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($155 million)
2. Moana ($11.7 million)
3. Office Christmas Party ($8.5 million)
4. Collateral Beauty ($7 million)
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($5 million)
6. Manchester by the Sea ($4.2 million)
7. La La Land ($4.0 million)
8. Arrival ($2.8 million)
9. Doctor Strange ($2 million)
10. Nocturnal Animals ($1.4 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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