As expected, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a success at the box office. Variety reports the film has grossed $801 million globally, making it the 7th highest grossing film in the current global box office. The film comes out in China next week, so that number is surely going to climb, but not as much as you would think.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens only netted $125 million upon its Chinese release, which is a much smaller number than other American properties that have succeeded in the country. For example, the film’s numbers are overshadowed by many Marvel hero films and Transformer movies. Perhaps China will respond better to Rogue One due to its nostalgia factor…
In either case, it appears that spin-off Star Wars films aren’t going anywhere for awhile if Disney can expect these types of numbers for the films! While I’m positive the other films can be as entertaining, it’s going to be awfully hard to top the bar set by Rogue One!
In case you were curious, Rogue One currently sits at 68th in the top grossing movies of all time. That’s slightly above Guardians of the Galaxy and slightly below Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them…and a far cry from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the top 3!