'Star Wars: Rogue One' Debuts With $290 Million As 'Collateral Beauty' Falters
Rogue One, the latest film from the Star Wars franchise hit theaters this weekend – and as expected, it’s raking in historic sales at the box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film debuted with more than $290 million worldwide this weekend. Those box office sales make it the fourth largest December three-day weekend ever, and the third largest opening of 2016. It was also only the second December opener to bring in more than $100 million; the other was last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones (pictured above), Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn, and is set chronologically between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the original 1977 film that launched the Star Wars franchise. It tells the story of the Rebels chasing after the plans for the Imperial Military’s planet-destroying weapon the Death Star.
The new Will Smith-starring Collateral Beauty, which also came out this weekend, didn’t do so well. Despite an ensemble cast that included Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Edward Norton and others, it debuted at fourth place with only $7 million. The film, which shows Smith playing a man who copes with his daughter’s death by writing letters to time, death and love, was the worst wide opening for a Smith-led feature film. Before Collateral Beauty, Smith’s lowest-grossing opening weekend was with last year’s Concussion.