Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Shoots to $71 Million on Friday

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Rogue One” is the name of the weekend, as the Disney and Lucasfilm property has bagged $71.1 million at 4,157 locations after tallying Friday grosses. The film earned the biggest Thursday preview number of the year with $29 million and is heading for an opening weekend in the $145 to $150 million range.

Most competitors have backed away from opening a film against “Rogue One” with the exception of Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Collateral Beauty” co-financed by Village Roadshow. The film, starring Will Smith is off to slow start with only $2.4 million on Friday at 3,028 theaters.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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“Rogue One” is the eighth movie in the Star Wars franchise, but the first to be billed as a standalone film. The story, though, is set within the timeline of the first seven — shortly before the events of 1977’s original “Star Wars” and key characters including Darth Vader and settings like the Death Star are included in the film. Still, it revolves around a fresh set of characters led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso who leads a group of rebel spies to steal the schematics for the Death Star. Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk and Forest Whitaker also star. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards from a script by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. It has earned an A CinemaScore across all demos and a mostly positive critical reception with an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

If “Rogue One” manages to make $150 million this weekend it will rank among the largest opening weekends of all time. That top slot goes to last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which made a colossal $248 million, but “Rogue One” could end up no. 14 ahead of “Furious 7” ($147 million) and 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” ($151 million). To crack the top 20 it needs to earn more than “Suicide Squad’s” $133.7 million opening.

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“Collateral Beauty” features a star-studded cast that includes, Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. The film, directed by David Frankel and written by Allan Loeb, tells the story of a man who is dealing with the death of his daughter. It has an overall A- CinemaScore and has been widely panned by critics with only a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Awards season contender “La La Land” is expanding from five to 200 theaters this weekend. Friday totals estimate $1.36 million in earnings on its way to a $4 to $5 million weekend. Still in limited release, the film, distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment, will easily make the top ten overall.

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  1. Barry Harmon says:

    Worth noting that Rogue One is not the eighth film in the Star Wars franchise. It is actually the ninth domestic theatrical release, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars released in 2008.

    Both Ewok films, which released as television specials in the 80s, released theatrically in Europe. So if you are not tying the count down to a single region, Rogue One is the eleventh theatrical Star Wars film.

  2. Henry Happeny says:

    Besides the whole cast dying and less than ten minutes of Darth Vader and three seconds of robots, what is not to love about starwars rogue one? Plastic space ships?

  3. Jo Mama says:

    Some minor proofreading here: “Rogue One is the eighth film in the Star Wars franchise.” should be “Rogue One is the second film to completely, utterly, and shamelessly to rip off fans, offer nothing new in the slightest, and piggyback wholly on the ideas of Lucas, and offering none whatsoever.”

    • Jacen says:

      Whine whine man and whine not the momma not the momma my childhood has been raped life didn’t work out for me the way I dreamed it would when I was 8 whaaaaa!

  4. As it is!!! says:

    This is yet another…. “SO WHAT!” Story. Yes, we get it. George Lucas created a cinematic legend & now Disney is cashing in on that. Do you really think that these movies would be making this kind of money if Lucas hadn’t of made those movies. For crying out loud, even the dreadful prequels made loads of cash. The now loathed Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie to make over a billion dollars. So before everyone starts patting themselves on the back, just remember. YOU ARE ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS!!!!!

  5. D force is w/them says:

    ARRIVAL – right on schedule for another $4million+ weekend. Moana and Office Christmas Party- could be another neck and neck finish for 2nd place. Guessing Moana gets to 12 million and Office Christmas Party swings in right behind it $11.75 million.

  6. Constance says:

    Poor Will Smith. Last Christmas he flopped with Concussion and he follows that this year with Mega-flop Collateral Beauty. What a crappie collection of creative misfires. He will be lucky if this sees an $8 million opening.

  7. Moustache Jenny says:

    Well we’re definitely not going to have another FORCE AWAKENS type monster hit in ROGUE 1. Disney’s “liberal”, over-the-top, SW gimmicks are already wearing thin the patience of STAR WARS fans. This film has the potential to really damage the relevancy of the franchise the same way Dr. STRANGE damaged its relevancy and offended Asians at the same time by using a white faced, bald headed Tilda Swinton in a role that could have and should have gone to an Asian. The outrage by Margaret Cho and other Asian celebrities is certainly understandable. My question is why Hollywood will only put Asian men in these space films as homosexuals? And why do they try to sneak it into the films like STAR TREK and ROGUE 1?

    • AsianAnimator says:

      Calm down, it’s gonna make a lot money in china, and Disney did a really good job this time, you watched too much conspiracy theories

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