*Warning: This post contains numbers. Lots of numbers*
The financial success and the quality of a move aren't mutually exclusive, but in the film industry, money makes the world go round, and with a budget of $200m Disney will be expecting Rogue One to make a tidy return on its investment.
Fortunately, Gareth Edwards's anthology has hit the jackpot; although separate from the main saga, it appeals to seasoned Star Wars fans, general cinema-goers and critics, and as a result is expected to break the billion dollar barrier throughout its run at the box office.
That goal has become a step closer after accumulating $22.5m domestically at 4,157 locations on Tuesday, with another $19.7m worldwide, to reach a worldwide box office total of $615m, with $340.6m of that made within the US — impressive numbers only 12 days after the film's release.
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Home Is Where The Money's At For 'Rogue One'
Although the worldwide amount is impressive in itself, #RogueOne's domestic total is where the film's success lies. Within the next few days, it looks set to overtake Zootopia's domestic box office take of $341.8m, becoming the sixth best performing film of 2016. Its total now ranks as the 41st best ranking domestic gross, outperforming the likes of Spider-Man 3 (2007), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Batman v Superman (2015).
Within the #StarWars paradigm the film ranks well, too, quickly closing down on the domestic total of Revenge of the Sith (2005), which made $380.3m. It also overtakes the film that started it all, A New Hope (1977), which made $307.3m, although that comparison is unfair due to the rapid rate of inflation.
Rogue One's worldwide total — now 114th in the all time ranking — is also hot on the tail of 2002's Attack of the Clones, just $25m behind its total of $640.9m. However, there's still a leap between that prequel and its follow up, 2005's Revenge of the Sith, which made $848.8m across the globe.
Helping Disney's Multi-Billion Haul
All in all, Rogue One's success adds to a successful year for cinematic juggernaut #Disney. As well as breaking the domestic box office record with a total of £2.49 billion, the studio are also $400m behind the worldwide record set by Universal, which currently stands at $6.49 billion.
The current results are even the more impressive considering Rogue One was a break from the main saga — focusing on events leading into A New Hope — and the first Star Wars movie to not focus on the Skywalkers or Solos. Disney took the opportunity to play with audience expectations, break the mould and offer something completely unique.
Fortunately for them, the experiment is paying off, and the thirst for Star Wars is as feverish as ever.
How do you rate Rogue One against the main saga?