‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Hits $1 Billion At Global Box Office
In an impressive, but not altogether surprising feat, the first Star Wars spin-off film ‘Rogue One’ has earned $1 Billion at the worldwide box office. The film may not have reached the stunning numbers of the mainline Star Wars series, but it has done impressively well nonetheless. Going into the film’s release it was unclear whether mass audiences would have the same interest in spin-off additions to the Star Wars franchise, yet it is now clear that people are clamouring for more stories set in the wider Star Wars universe.
The film’s biggest market outside the U.S. was in the U.K., where it grossed $74.9 million, closely followed by China at $61.3 million and then Germany at $44.8 million. China is usually the No.1 offshore market for blockbuster Hollywood films, but like The Force Awakens, Rogue One just didn’t resonate as strongly with the local audience there, with most outlets agreeing that the lack of a nostalgia factor akin to the rest of the world is a key role in this.
Hitting the milestone (on its 39th day of release) makes ‘Rogue One’ the fourth Disney title in 2016 alone to hit the $1 Billion mark, joining ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ($1.153 Billion) ‘Finding Dory’ ($1.028 Billion) and ‘Zootopia’ ($1.024 Billion). Each of the films to earn $1 Billion in 2016 come from a separate branch of the Disney empire, with Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Disney Animation Studios all raking in the cash. Other notable releases for Disney throughout the year included ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Moana,’ all of which have earned staggering amounts, with Moana this weekend passing the $500 million mark.
All told, Disney reigned supreme at the 2016 box office, wth that reign looking set to continue into 2017. Three titles from Marvel Studios: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Thor Ragnarok’ will no doubt see the money roll in, whilst the much-anticipated ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII,’ and the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake will bring out audiences in their droves. In fact, this is set to be a huge year for movies all round, with highly anticipated titles coming from all the major studios. From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Trainspotting 2’ to ‘Alien,’ 2017 is going to be an exciting year indeed.
“From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk.“
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Moana’ are both in cinemas now.
Joe believes Rogue One is more than worthy of hitting this milestone and would happily watch the film as many more times as necessary to add another $1 Billion to the total. For more of his opinions on films and whatever else, check him out @resonantrevs on Twitter.