Rogue One stars in box office battle but loses December war to Force Awakens

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Spin-off rises to second-highest December opening, behind episode VII, with $155m haul to eclipse Moana and Office Christmas Party

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story skyrocketed to the top of the weekend ticket office as anticipated, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155m in approximated ticket sales.

After the greatest Thursday night launching of the year, the intergalactic experience blasted previous market expectations for a $130m weekend, according Sundays studio price quotes. Rogue One opened at No1 in all markets worldwide, though it has yet to bow in China and Korea.

Were in uncharted area for December, stated Paul Dergarabedian, senior media expert for ticket office tracker comScore. Its going to be truly difficult for any motion picture to reach this film This is just the 2nd time a motion picture has actually opened this huge in December.

The record-setter was Star Wars: The Force Awakens , the area legends seventh installation, which debuted to $247.9 m in the United States and Canada last December.

Like The Force Awakens in 2015, Rogue One might top package workplace for the remainder of the year, Dergarabedian stated.

Set prior to the occasions of the initial 1977 Star Wars , it stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna as leaders of a rebel faction that takes prepare for its royal enemys master weapon, the Death Star.

Rogue One knocked the No1 film for the previous 3 weeks, Disneys Moana , to a far-off 2nd with $11.6 m, followed by Office Christmas Party with $8.4 m.

The weekends other brand-new release, the seriously panned Will Smith drama Collateral Beauty, opened in 4th location with $7m.

This is among the most extreme markets for films Ive ever seen, Dergarabedian stated. You have a Star Wars film out there looming like the Death Star over whatever, and an actually excellent crop of Oscar competitors that keeps broadening.

Denzel Washingtons Fences opened in minimal release this weekend and broadens on Christmas Day. Manchester by the Sea, La Land and Arrival, which all made awards elections just recently, stay in package workplace leading 10.

Moviegoers who see Rogue One will likewise get a peek at next years expected smash hits: Trailers for the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and Furious &quick movies play prior to the function.

Rogue One is the best lead-in for 2017, which looks definitely huge, Dergarabedian stated.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/18/rogue-one-star-wars-force-awakens