The numbers are in and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story easily came out on top at both the domestic and worldwide box office this weekend, earning $155 million in North America and $135.5 million in foreign markets, for a total weekend gross of $290.5 million.
So how does this box office take compare to last year’s Star Wars release, The Force Awakens? Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogue One had the second-biggest debut ever for the month of December and the only film that earned more was … Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, the Gareth Edwards-directed film never really stood a chance, as The Force Awakens had a $247.9 million debut in North America alone when it released last December.
Still, Disney probably isn’t too upset by Rogue One’s performance so far, considering it performed better than the $130 million estimate analysts were throwing out leading up to the film’s release. Besides, Rogue One was likely never going to do much against The Force Awakens, which currently stands as the third-highest grossing film of all time; plus, response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, with Rogue One’s CinemaScore sitting at an impressive A, and with little competition at the box office in the coming weeks, it’s a film that is sure to have long legs.
Here are the Top 10 weekend box office estimates according to comScore:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $155 million
2. Moana $11.7 million
3. Office Christmas Party $8.5 million
4. Collateral Beauty $7 million
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $5 million
6. Manchester by the Sea $4.2 million
7. La La Land $4 million
8. Arrival $2.8 million
9. Doctor Strange $2 million
10. Nocturnal Animals $1.4 million
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)