On the surface, the premise of Rogue One wasn't particularly enthralling; the first of the Star Wars anthology series was an attempt from Disney to make full use of their colossal $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition, acting out events established within the opening crawl of A New Hope 40 years ago.
The glass-half-empty perspective of Rogue One, before its release, was that this was a money-making exercise by #Disney, set within the suffocating paradigm of the wider universe, devoid of originality. But that perspective was wrong. Completely wrong.
#RogueOne's narrative could've been potentially restrictive, but Gareth Edwards looked at the frosted glass ceiling of A New Hope, scraped away the debris, uncovered a half-eroded sign that read "in case of emergency, break glass" and smashed it into a thousand pieces of "I told you so."
The #StarWars spin-off — featuring a previously unknown team of rebels led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and their attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star — feels fully justified, adding extra nuance to the main saga, providing fans with a genuinely subversive and unique Star Wars film and, now, creating the second most successful installment in the franchise.
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'Rogue One' Breaks The Billion Dollar Barrier
After 39 days in theatres, Rogue One has now passed the mammoth billion dollar milestone, making $512 million domestically and $499 million worldwide. Its total now puts it behind only The Force Awakens in international and domestic box office receipts; an impressive feat for a film outside of the main saga.
The record-breaking might of #TheForceAwakens won't be matched — 2015's sensation made an eye-watering $2.07 billion — however, compared to the rest of the Star Wars universe, Rogue One will go down as a risk well worth taking.
The team of unlikely rebels prove looks can be deceiving, proudly sitting second in the league of financial success and proving the thirst for Star Wars is as feverish as always:
- The Force Awakens: $2.068.2 billion
- Rogue One: $1,011.3 billion
- The Phantom Menace: $983.6 million
- Revenge of the Sith: $848.8 million
- Attack of the Clones: $640.9 million
- A New Hope: $621.7 million
- The Empire Strikes Back: $457.3 million
- Return of the Jedi: $418.4 million
It's the second most lucrative, but is Rogue One the second best Star Wars movie?
(Source: Box Office Mojo)