Disney launched its “Star Wars” spin-off feature “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” this weekend with the numbers now in. With a stellar $71 million opening day, domestic weekend estimates for the new “Star Wars” is at $155 million.
That’s the twelfth highest opening weekend of all time, just shy of “The Dark Knight” and the third highest of the year behind “Captain America: Civil War” ($179M) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166M).
Not going so well is the widely panned Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty” which looks to be scoring an opening weekend of just $6.5 million. Meanwhile “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea” have gone wider this weekend with both films doing well – scoring just above $4 million each.
In global box-office news, “Rogue One” pulled in an impressive $290.5 million total haul as it opened at #1 in 52 markets it was scheduled to open in this weekend. It also had the best opening weekend of 2016 in many European markets.
Legendary’s big-budget action fantasy epic “The Great Wall” officially released in China yesterday with an opening weekend of $66 million – the third biggest opening weekend this year behind only “Warcraft” and “The Mermaid”.
Zhang Yimou’s film opened there early, the rest of us get it in February, and so far it is coming in ahead of all recent Hollywood releases. Even so, it hits at a time when China’s box office has seen a serious drop in growth.
Source: Box-Office Mojo