Disney/LucasFilm’s Star Wars spin-off Rogue One opened in first place in every global market this weekend, and achieved the second-largest domestic December opening ever, behind only The Force Awakens.
Rogue One earned $155 domestically, and had the fourth-highest international December opening with $135m from 52 territories. It had the biggest opening weekend of 2016 in the UK/Ireland, France, Germany and Spain, and received an A CinemaScore from audiences (and a 4.5-star review from BuzzHub).
On IMAX screens, Rogue One took $29.2m from 708 screens. It has yet to open in Korea or China. The Force Awakens had a $529m global opening this time last year, but that film was an official Star Wars episode, featured familiar characters such as Han Solo and was accompanied by the hype of being the first new Star Wars film in a decade. Rogue One was always expected to do smaller numbers.
Disney also took second place with animated musical Moana, while Office Christmas Party was in third. Opening in fourth was Collateral Beauty, with just $7m domestic and $4.6m internationally. The Will Smith drama had a budget of $36m.
La La Land expanded to 200 theatres and scored a $4m second weekend, for a total of $5.3m so far. It will expand further on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, opened in China this weekend with $66m. The global performance of that film will be very interesting to observe, and will influence the future of US/China co-productions.