LOS ANGELES — The Force Awakens, it was not — but Rogue One got away clean with $155 million at the North American box office this weekend, a robust start that guarantees the first Star Wars “story” will not be the last.
The $155 million figure makes Rogue One the third highest grossing domestic weekend opener of 2016, behind Captain America: Civil War ($179 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million). It’s also the 12th highest bow of all time, sandwiched between The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($147 million in 2013) and The Hunger Games ($152 million in 2012).
Mark this down as a not overly spectacular — but certainly robustly good-enough — launch for Disney’s plan to annualize its Star Wars franchise entries, including stand-alone “stories” that don’t quite factor into the central Skywalker saga.
Throw in other X-factors like new/unfamiliar characters, a female lead in Felicity Jones and a production that saw the studio seize control from director Gareth Edwards for a series of spendy reshoots — just part of the process folks, not the controversy you’re looking for, move along — and it’s safe to say that Rogue One’s mission was a success…. see more