The Force is Strong: 'Rogue One' Nets $155 Million Opening Weekend Take

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The Force is Strong: 'Rogue One' Nets $155 Million Opening Weekend Take

Note: Perhaps obviously, this article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and in particular, its climactic final battle. Boy howdy, wasn't it wonderful?

Rogue One has taken £16.8m at the United Kingdom box office and $155m (£124m) in North America, making $290.5m (£232.8m) globally. It takes to planets and settings both new and familiar, introduces us to a host of previously unmentioned characters, and cements a lot of lore after almost 40 years of mythology.

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The idea of a Star Wars movie every year seemed like the studio was milking the property to the point that it would become watered down, but the reviews for Rogue One have been very strong. Here, and WithSpoilersObviously, is why.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still holds the record, having taken $248m (£198m) in North America on its December debut previous year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has skyrocketed to the top of North American box office with $155 million (£124 million) in its opening weekend. That would rank as the second highest December bow in history, behind only last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens which earned a record-grabbing $247 million in its opening frame. It made $135 million in global grounds. Star Wars fans in South Korea and China can watch "Rogue One" in theaters starting Dec 28 and Jan 6, respectively. For example, "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Doctor Strange" are relatively niche comic books, but were merged into the canon of the Avengers films through the Infinity Stones story line and were incredibly successful at the box office. Come and see the interview with Chinese star Donnie Yen here.

The year 2016 has also been magnificent for the company's movie business. Further, Jungle Book saw excellent business with a worldwide collection of $966 million.

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