‘Rogue One’ Shatters Box Office With A Whopping $155M Debut
It has been a year of record breaking box office numbers and December is the height of the season when the real big hitters come out. ‘Rogue One’ has done just that with a phenomenal $155M debut.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. It comes after Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit new records with a $248 million opening last year. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will wipe out the competition with a mind-blowing $155 million debut. This number put them at the second-best December start ever and the 12th-largest overall. It was the third best this year after Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million).
comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian had this to say: “If not for The Force Awakens, our minds would be absolutely blown by a $155 million opening in December,” He went on to say that prior to last year’s Star Wars film, no December movie had ever debuted at more than $100 million. In this, the first standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One revolves around a dishevelled Rebel Alliance unit that gets their thieving hands on plans for the Empire’s Death Star. This was a build up to the original 1977 George Lucas movie.
Both Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore helped it along with brilliant ratings. No2 slot went to Disney with the animated antics in Moana earning $11.7 million and $161.9 million to date. Holiday comedy Office Christmas Party took third position with $8.5 million. Not doing so well was Collateral Beauty, a drama starring Will Smith as an advertising executive who receives a visit from Love, Time and Death.
It fell flat with a mere $7 million making it the worst wide-release opening ever for Smith. Critics were harsh with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a paltry 14%. Ouch. Trying to justify it, Dergarabedian said “but how do you rise above the positive noise (around) Star Wars? Everything else played second fiddle. You’ve got Rogue One looming like the Death Star over every movie.” Oh well, you can’t win them all. Lastly, at number 5, The magical Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came in at $5 million with $207.7 million to date.