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“Rogue One A Star Wars Story” hits $653M globally

Rogue One closes in on a $1B total

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Following its second-week in theaters, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has reached the $653M mark at the global box-office. With only a handful of new releases set for the New Year, the film could maintain its hold on the domestic box-office charts well into 2017.

In just two-weeks “Rogue One” has already grossed over $340M domestically, with $295M already accumulated in foreign markets. The previous installment, “Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” finished its theatrical run with $936M domestically, and $1.13B worldwide. In the end, “The Force Awakens” grossed over $2.06B for Disney. While “Rogue One” still has a lot of catching-up to do when compared to the previous installment, the film is already well on its way to becoming one of the highest domestic-grossing films of the year. If projections hold out, the film should land at number-two or number-three on that list. The current list stands with “The Secret Life of Pets” at $368M, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” with $364M, and FOX’s “Deadpool” with $363M. Of course this is just domestic theater gross, the Digital HD and Blu-ray version of the film, which is already available for pre-order on sites like Amazon.com, will most-likely propel the film’s profits well past the $1B mark for the studio.

Despite a major releases from Illumination-Universal, which released the animated-comedy “Sing” this past weekend, “Rogue One” still pulled-in over $64M to claim the top-spot on the domestic charts.

“Rogue One” was certainly a factor in the disappointing debuts this past weekend, which saw little interest in many of the new-releases. “Passengers” from Sony only made $15M over its debut, and the adult-comedy “Why Him?” from FOX only managed to gross $11M domestically. The worst debut of the weekend went to “Assassin’s Creed,” which is also from FOX, that film only grossed $10.27M over the holiday weekend.

This new installment comes one-year after the previous film was released in theaters, which is lightning fast when compared to the average release schedule of the franchise overall. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was directed by Gareth Edwards, and the screenplay was written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. The film follows a group of Rebels charged with stealing plans for the newly built Death Star. “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.

All of this “Star Wars” action is sure to have fans fired up for “Star Wars – Episode VII,” which is currently scheduled to release in 2017. The film will be directed by Rian Johnson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film will star Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, the late Carrie Fisher (who wrapped her role in the film before her death), Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Benicio Del Toro, and Gwendoline Christie.