Rogue One blasts away with massive $155M opening

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was expected to level the box office with a Death Star level blast. And this was definitely a blockbuster that lived up to the box office hype.

Surpassing optimistic predictions of $150 million, the newest prequel in the Star Wars saga, had a stunning $155 million debut.

Rogue One’s tremendous opening was great, but it wasn’t even the best for 2016. That honor still goes to the all-star superhero throw down of Captain America: Civil War. That Marvel megahit opened to $179 million. Rogue One’s opening was still good enough to join the all-time records.

It just missed the Top 10 mark by $4 million. The Dark Knight still sits at No. 10 with $158.4 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remains at No. 11 with $158 million. Rogue One displaced The Hunger Gamesopening chapter, which kicked off the franchise with $152 million.

Worldwide, Rogue One kicked off its run with $290 million. That’s before opening in China and South Korea.

Fresh off a threepeat atop the box office, Moana only fell to second place with $12 million. That brings the latest Disney’s animated hit to a total of $162 million. It’s kind of crazy how Rogue One nearly surpassed Moana’s hard-earned four-week tally in just one weekend.

Office-Christmas-Party-review-Jason-Bateman-and-OIivia-MunnOffice Christmas Party roared to a third place finish with $8.4 million. With a decent second weekend, OCP now stands at $31.5 million with its $45 million budget safely in range.

Will Smith probably wishes he had a little of the Star Wars/Disney magic. His latest film, Collateral Beauty, failed to make much of an impact delivering a very modest $7 million. Making its $36 million budget seems like a far less likely outcome at this rate.

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Wrapping up the Top 5 was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter prelude nabbed another $5 million to bring its total to $207.6 million.