‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ was always going to make a few quid, but it’s made a colossal debut of $290.5 million (around £232 million) over its opening weekend.
Considering it cost $200 million (£160 million) to make, that’s a huge haul for Disney, as well as being the second highest-grossing December opening of all time (behind, of course, ‘The Force Awakens’).
Broken down, it made $155 million in the US, with another $135.5 million coming from foreign territories, including the UK.
Compared to ‘The Force Awakens’, it has lagged behind some – that movie debuted to a staggering $248 million in the US alone – but it’s still a hugely impressive opening.
Brit director Gareth Edwards helms the movie, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker, about the rebel squadron which steals the plans for the Death Star,
The movie leads directly into the story of the first ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘A New Hope’, released in 1977.
And it’s received rave reviews too, sitting with a healthy 84% ‘fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s out now across the UK.