Leave it to a movie about a tiny band of outcasts overcoming the odds doing the exact same thing in real life. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was almost guaranteed legendary box office status, but things weren't so obvious for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Devoid of any Skywalkers or returning non-Vader characters, Rogue One was uncharted territory for Star Wars. All that uncertainty seems foolish now because the film has done nothing but gangbusters in the box office, and after this weekend has officially earned $1 billion globally.
According to The Wrap, Rogue One has reached the coveted $1 billion mark. This makes it the third Star Wars film to do so, right behind The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Of that group, Rogue One currently comes in as the second highest globally earning Star Wars film. The film reached $1 billion in about 36 days; The Force Awakens is still the fastest film to ever get to a billion, having done so in 12 days. Rogue One is the 28th film to ever reach $1 billion and it's currently ranked 27 on the list of highest grossing movies. That number may be subject to change a little in the coming weeks that the film is still in theaters.
Rogue One is also the 13th Disney to reach the billion benchmark. Further evidence of Disney's total box office domination this year, the blockbuster was the fourth Disney film of 2016 to gross $1 billion, joining the ranks of Zootopia, Finding Dory, and Captain America: Civil War. Not so coincidentally, the four highest grossing films of 2016 are all Disney films.
Domestically speaking, Rogue One has a total of $512.2 million based on the latest data. The movie pulled in $7 million over the weekend; not a bad number for a film that's been in theaters for over a month. That puts Rogue One in seventh place for the all-time highest grossing films domestically, nipping right on the heels of The Dark Knight. However, Rogue One is the highest grossing film domestically of 2016.
That Young Han Solo movie must be feeling pretty confident by now. Disney has slowly situated itself into a position where the Mouse House will likely be the highest grossing studio for the next few years. Not only do they have their own animated films entering a new renaissance, but they also have yearly contributions from Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm: the box office holy trinity.
Based on these numbers, there's almost no chance that you haven't seen Rogue One -- hell, you probably saw it at least twice -- but the film is currently still in theaters if you want to see what all the hubbub is about.
Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.
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