Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dominates Global Box-Office

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dominated the box-office of December 16-18, 2016, scoring the second-largest December opening in history.

The second-largest launch of the year, Rogue One is one of the top debuts in history, opening to a massive $155 million in North America.

Globally, the film has earned $290.5 million, after releasing in every major foreign market save for China and South Korea.

Disney, which paid $4 billion to buy “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm in 2012, had tried to downplay expectations for Rogue One.

Executives noted that Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie to exist outside of the main Skywalker clan storyline. It’s also a darker, war-themed tale; one that has an unusually high body count for a popcorn flick. The film follows a group of rebels on a suicide mission to steal plans for a deadly space station.

But the Star Wars pedigree proved irresistible to audiences, and the film should play well through the holidays.

Disney is planning to do more “Rogue One”-style spinoffs.

The company is already working on a film about the early years of Han Solo, starring Alden Ehrenreich.

 

Rogue One loomed large over all of them. The film cost $200 million to make and attracted media attention for its reshoots. Domestically, the film earned $19 million in Imax screenings and $17.9 million in premium large formats, with 3D accounting for 38% of all tickets sold.

Oscar-frontrunner La La Land performed well in its expansion. The acclaimed musical picked up $4 million after moving from 5 to 200 theaters, bringing its total to $5.3 million.

Lionsgate is backing the musical romance, which stars Oscar frontrunners Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Amazon and Roadside’s “Manchester by the Sea” capitalized on the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, adding $4.2 million to its $14 million figure by moving from 356 to 1,200 theaters.

In limited release, Fences picked up $128,000 in two theaters. Paramount is backing the low-budget ($20 million) screen adaptation of the August Wilson play, with Denzel Washington directing the film and co-starring opposite Viola Davis.