Earlier this week, a new box office report claimed that LucasFilm's first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is eyeing a worldwide opening weekend of $350 million, which would have been the third highest this year. As it turned out, Rogue One fell short of that projection, with a worldwide debut of $290.5 million, although it still secured the third highest worldwide opening this year, behind Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($379.5 million). While Rogue One's worldwide debut is impressive, it's still a far cry from the all time record of $529 million, set last year by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Deadline reports that Rogue One opened in 54 international markets with a foreign debut of $135.5 million. The tally comes in behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens($281M), Avatar ($164.5M) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($138M). The spin-off was the top movie in all opening markets and scored the highest opening weekend of 2016 in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, among many others. This Deadline report reveals that Rogue One is opening like a "normal blockbuster," although it is opening at roughly half of the monstrous debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year. Still, the opening is in line with the studio's expectations, according to Disney's executive vice president of distribution, Dave Hollis. Here's what he had to say below.

"(Disney is) right where we wanted to be. (Rogue One did) exactly what it needed to do as a litmus for the standalones going forward from a commercial and an artistic standpoint. It's incredibly satisfying that it's opened the way it has and gotten the reaction that it has despite pre-holiday distractions."

The United Kingdom leads all overseas markets with $21 million, which represents a whopping 75% of the market share in that country. That debut was the second highest in U.K. history, behind {NEmQBf6ObIwxpv||The Force Awakens. The spin-off debuted in France on Wednesday, the UK, Australia, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Brazil and Italy on Thursday and Japan and Spain opening on Friday, along with the domestic North American debut. The only territories where it hasn't been released yet is South Korea, where it will debut on December 28 and the international powerhouse China, where Rogue One opens on January 6. China has been the key to international box office success for many films, with The Force Awakens earning a whopping $124.1 million in the country, the second highest international territory for the film, behind the U.K. with $163.5 million.

Rogue One also fared well in IMAX theaters, taking in $29.2 million worldwide on 708 screens. This is the second biggest December debut behind The Force Awakens, and it's also a Top 5 all-time global IMAX opening, which is even more impressive since the film hasn't opened in China and South Korea yet. Rogue One's international IMAX tally was $10.2 million on 307 screens, which is the second highest international debut ever. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story didn't have much competition this weekend, but that will most certainly change in the next few days.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will defend its box office crown against three newcomers opening on Wednesday, December 21, 20th Century Fox's Assassin's Creed, Sony's Passengers and Universal's animated musical Sing. On Friday, December 23, 20th Century Fox will release the comedy Why Him? with Paramount set to expand its critically-acclaimed drama Fences nationwide on Christmas Day. It remains to be seen how long Rogue One can hold on to the top spot at the box office, both domestically and internationally.

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