Rogue One Makes the Opening Day History Books
CINEMA & TV
The new Star Wars movie made a whoooole lot of money following its release—and nobody was surprised, at least not the people who’ve already seen it.
After over a decade of patiently suffering through three horrible movies, it’s finally a good time to be a Star Wars fan. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months seen it already, the newest Star Wars prequel ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has made its way into box-office history.
After earning a whopping $155 million opening day, and over $290 million in its first week, the film has earned a spot as the second largest December opening in history. The prequel took a unique spin on the Star Wars films we’ve come to know and love by taking a grittier theme than usual; despite the new angle of high body counts with despair and sadness everywhere, people couldn’t get enough of it.
However, in the big-picture Rogue One had some pretty big shoes to fill from its predecessor that understandably fell short. Just last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled in a record-breaking $248 million opening release; but, just because Rogue One fell short in no way makes it any worse of a movie. Let’s face it: if you like Star Wars, you’ll undoubtedly love this movie.
Other filmmakers predicted the huge success of Rogue One and opted to steer clear of its release date so they wouldn’t lose audience members to it, but a few studios such as Warner Bros. were up for the challenge; unfortunately, their film Collateral beauty only pulled in a mere $7 million upon release—ouch. Warner Bros. executives were upset at the outcome, but highlight the high praise it was receiving from those who watched it. At least it’s something to be proud of.
Disney announced plans for more films following the Rogue One format, including the Han Solo prequel that’s in the process of filming as of today.