‘Rogue One’ Shatters $800 Million Mark at Global Box Office

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” barreled past the $800 mark globally on Monday.

The latest Star Wars adventure is the second highest-grossing domestic release of 2016 with $440.9 million and the seventh highest grossing global release with $801.9 million. “Rogue One” is the first Star Wars spin-off to exist outside of the Skywalker family saga. It follows a group of rebels as they try to steal plans for the Death Star, a planet-destroying space base. Felicity Jones (“Theory of Everything”) stars and Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) directs.

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“Rogue One” has dominated the box office since debuting last month. It has opened in nearly every foreign territory except for China, where it opens next week. Star Wars doesn’t have the same resonance in the Middle Kingdom that it does here. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” earned roughly $125 million in China, less than Marvel and Transformers films have earned in the country.

“Rogue One” has done stellar business in several major foreign markets, including the United Kingdom ($66.7 million), Germany ($35.3 million), France ($30.4 million), and Australia ($28.3 million). Disney, which owns LucasFilm, is planning more spinoff films. It is working on a standalone movie about the origins of Han Solo. The company will also return to the Skywalker story in 2017 with the debut of “Star Wars Episode VIII.”

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  1. Jacques Strappe says:

    According to box office experts, Rogue is positioned to hit the $1 billion global mark around January 13. Not too shabby for a spin-off. The Force is with Disney again.

  2. Good news, hopefully when it opens in China, it can reach that $900 million mark and get good traction for the Academy Awards.

    • merio says:

      I doubt RO will get any Academy recognition (apart from technical nominations). But RO doesn’t need them. On the other hand, i do want it to top CA:CW’s $1,15B, and hopefully, with possibly 500+ domestically and actual 350 (and going on) foreign + some 150 in China, it’s gonna be the second Star Wars movie ruling the worldwide boxoffice for second year in a raw. And probably will third in a raw with SW:E8 in 2018

      • Lily says:

        I doubt it’ll get more than 50-60 million off China, Star Wars doesn’t inspire the kind of fandom/loyalty there as it does in Anglophone/western territories and Rogue One confused a lot of people with the lack of Skywalkers/Jedi/Episode designation. But it’s still doing very well, and I expect we may see it cross the billion-dollar mark – we most definitely will see it cross 900 mil though, that’s a lock.

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