Date
22 August 2017
Moviegoers wearing Star Wars costumes wait for the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at a TCL theater in Hollywood, California, last week. Photo: Reuters
Moviegoers wearing Star Wars costumes wait for the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at a TCL theater in Hollywood, California, last week. Photo: Reuters

Star Wars prequel rakes in US$290 mln on debut

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has taken US$290.5 million worldwide on its opening weekend.

The movie, which was shown in nearly every major foreign market except China and South Korea, grossed US$155 million in North America, BBC News reports, citing box office analyst Exhibitor Relations.

That made the Star Wars “prequel” the second-biggest opening in the US and Canada this year and the second-best December debut ever, the report said.

However, the North America tally is lower than the record US$248m taken last year by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

According to comScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian, the next film in the Star Wars saga “has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time”.

Right now, the title is held by Avatar, which made almost US$2.8 billion in 2009, followed by Titanic, which earned nearly US$2.2 billion in 1997. The Force Awakens made about US$2.07 billion.

Produced by Lucasfilm and directed by Briton Gareth Edwards, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, alongside Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna.

Disney paid US$4 billion to buy Star Wars creator LucasFilm in 2012.

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