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‘Rogue One’ Hits $653 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” remains a potent player at the box office, hitting $653 million worldwide following Wednesday screenings.

The eighth “Star Wars” movie grossed $18 million domestically at 4,157 locations on Wednesday, giving it $358.6 million in its first 13 days to make it the sixth-highest domestic grosser of the year, ahead of “Zootopia” ($341 million). It should become the third top domestic earner of 2016 on Thursday, surpassing “The Secret Life of Pets” ($368 million), “The Jungle Book” ($364 million), and “Deadpool” ($363 million).

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One” outdistanced Illumination-Universal’s animated comedy “Sing,” which came in with $15.6 million on its eighth day in release on Wednesday at 4,022 domestic sites. “Sing” has earned $108.7 million in eight days.

“Rogue One” reeled in another $19.9 million internationally on Wednesday to reach $295.2 million, led by the U.K. with $53.1 million, Germany with $28.8 million, France with $25.2 million, Australia with $23.1 million, and Japan with $18.9 million.

“Rogue One” opened in South Korea on Wednesday with $900,000 and will launch in China on Jan. 6. Director Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, and Jiang Wen attended the Beijing premiere on Dec. 21.

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The worldwide total for “Rogue One” is already the 101st highest of all time, topping the entire run of Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” and 2002’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

The tentpole is set immediately before the events of the original “Star Wars” and follows rebels — led by Jones’ Jyn Erso — attempting to steal plans for the Death Star weapon.

“Rogue One” opened a year after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launched and took in $629 million domestically in 13 days — on its way to a record $936 million by the end of its run.

“Rogue One” and “Sing” propelled the overall domestic box office to a new yearly record of $11.17 billion on Wednesday, topping the 2015 record with four days left on the calendar.

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