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Rogue One becomes highest grossing domestic release of 2016

by Danny Zepeda | January 23, 2017January 23, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

Before the release of Rogue One, there was some trepidation about whether it could be as successful as past Star Wars movies. The nerves calmed after an impressive opening back in December, and now the first anthology Star Wars movie has reached blockbuster status by grossing over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

Rogue One has grossed $1.011 billion to be exact, making it the fourth movie in 2016 to break the mark for Disney; it was a small part of a record-breaking 2016 for the studio. Rogue One also became just the seventh movie to gross over $500 million at the domestic box office ($512 million), making it the top domestic grosser for 2016.

Rogue One has already become the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie ever, placing only second behind The Force Awakens, which came in at over $2 billion. This is all the more impressive when you consider Rogue One didn’t focus on the Skywalker family. This omission made the film that much more of a gamble for Disney.

Rouge One’s dominance might not be over just yet

When reports started to come out about Rogue One’s infamous reshoots, many people worried the film wouldn’t be any good. However, these worries have long been put to bed, and the movie has gone on to provide an exciting template for future spinoffs, including the upcoming Han Solo origin movie.

Rogue One is still performing well domestically and overseas, so it will be a while before we know its final take. This means it might very well surpass Zootopia ($1.023B) and Finding Dory’s ($1.027B) total sum. It still has a way to go to reach Captain America: Civil War’s $1.153 billion, but even if it does fall short of that number, Rogue One was nothing but a success for Disney.

Variety

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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