Rogue One: A Star Wars story has easily dominated the global box office in its first weekend of release. And while it hasn’t broken records the way Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens did 12 months ago, Disney is going to be very happy with a initial haul of $290.6 million worldwide.
That total comprises an opening weekend of $155 million in North America (the second highest December opening ever trailing some distance after The Force Awaken’s $248 million, and the 12th highest of all time) and $135.5 million in the rest of the world (the fourth highest December opening and the 32nd highest of all time). It made $21 million in the UK.
In North America the audience was giving the latest Star Wars film a thumbs up; it received an “A” CinemaScore from an audience make up that was 66% male, 34% female, with 39% were under the age of 25. Only 38% of ticket buyers went for the 3D option. It also has an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and currently holds an 8.3 rating on IMDB (The Force Awakens has 8.2).
So it’s all good news, if not earthshattering news. But not being a mega-mega-mega-blockbuster could actually make Rogue One a cooler film to like; it could come to regarded as the connoisseurs’ Star Wars film. And Disney’ll be happy as long as it makes money and keeps fans happy.