The box office number for this Friday are in and Star Wars once again delivers the goods.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earned $71 million on Friday, including $29 million in early Thursday screenings, and is set to win the weekend with a $150 million 3-day take.
In addition to that, Rogue One is opening in all major international markets this weekend, including China and South Korea, which could mean an additional 300 million coming in from overseas for the first Star Wars standalone movie.
None of that really compares to the record-breaking box office returns of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, but it is the third-best opening weekend box office of 2016, behind Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and could crack the top 15 of all time.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was made for about $200 million, not counting marketing costs. Lucasfilm and Disney will surely be happy to see that money recuperated, and then some, in just 3 days.
In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is written by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. The film star Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters.
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