Rogue One Rakes in $290 Million on Opening Weekend

According to CNN, Rogue One has done extremely well at the Box Office in its first week. In North America alone, the latest George Lucas film was reported to have taken over $155 million. Globally, the numbers hit around the $300 million mark.

The North American figures gave Rogue One the 2nd-best opening weekend in December. The best ever December haul was from another Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, which bagged $248 million in ticket sales in the U.S.

In other parts of the world, the figures are equally impressive, particularly in the UK where the film enjoyed a $21 million opening week.

“The next film in the Star Wars saga has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst working for ComScore.

Dergarabedian made the statement based on the success of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

Officially titled, Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, the film casts Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Riz Ahmed as Captain Cassian Andor both members of the Rebel Alliance who heroically penetrate the empire’s defenses to extract the design plans of the massive planet-killer commonly known as the Death Star. Rogue One is the prequel to Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope.

Rogue One’s story is a breath of fresh air for the franchise, especially since it strays from the usual Star Wars concept.

Rogue One Cast

For many years now, Star Wars has been directly compared — and sometimes deemed as a rip off — to Glen A. Larson’s Battlestar Galactica. Grunge details in their article how Star Wars was patterned after Battlestar’s characters as well as its various plots.

While Star Wars’ story isn’t a direct copy of Battlestar’s narrative, the outline is pretty much the same: a ragtag band of rebels fight against a dictator in space that has sizably more resources than them. A typical David against Goliath storyline.

Even characters of both franchises share similarities. Battlestar’s Adama is like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Apollo is basically Luke Skywalker, and Count Baltar is technically Darth Vader.

With similar plots and characters come similar games. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a successful multiplayer online RPG set in the Star Wars universe. Similarly, there’s a Battlestar Galactica Online, which is an MMORPG space shooting game where Humans and Cylons battle for supremacy. Both franchises also share similarities with their casual games. Battlestar Galactica has an online slot game, which is featured on the Pocket Fruity gaming site, while Star Wars also shares the same platform. Fans should expect more similarities in future products given that both franchises shares so much in common.

With Rogue One’s story, however, Star Wars shifts from its recent blueprint. It provides fans with a much darker and more brutal than the previous beginnings of the Star Wars stories. It kind of makes one wonder whether the latest Star Wars film was directed by George Lucas or in fact the genius George R.R. Martin.

The next Star Wars sequel, revealed as Episode VIII, is slated to be released in December 2017.

Written by | Carter Newberry

Carter Newberry serves as a Staff Writer on the Heroic Universe.