The wait is almost over, Star Wars fans! Starting tomorrow night Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally hitting theaters and people all around the world are going to be packing into theaters to see the very first ever Star Wars standalone movie. The fact that it isn't part of the main saga doesn't seem to be hurting it either, because the movie is tracking for a truly massive opening weekend.
According to Deadline, Star Wars: Rogue One could be eyeing a worldwide opening as high as $350 million. Even the lowest end of projections have it bringing in $280 million, which would still be an excellent start for Disney and Lucasfilm. Only two other movies, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, opened with more than $300 million worldwide in 2016. It won't come anywhere near the ridiculous worldwide opening that Star Wars: The Force Awakens did last year, bringing in $528.9 million, but nobody is expecting it to. Not even Disney chairman Bob Iger.
"Yes, the marketing material that we've had out has been extremely well received. We've not ever felt [Rogue One] would do the level that Force Awakens did, but we've been very, very encouraged that the level of interest in this is as high as it was for Force Awakens."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be looking at bringing in somewhere between $140-$150 million domestically this weekend, which is truly stellar. Again, The Force Awakens brought in $247 million last year, but prior to that the December record holder was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which brought in $84 million. So Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would easily take the number two spot. It looks like Disney is going to be releasing Star Wars movies in December for quite some time, so ultimately it will just be Star Wars V Star Wars in the years to come. Unless the Avatar sequels do decide to go up against them, if James Cameron ever actually gets around to making them.
As we have seen in recent years, box office tracking can be somewhat unreliable for these massive blockbusters, since they very regularly surpass expectations. Not only that, but the early reactions to Star Wars: Rogue One have been overwhelmingly positive, which could help push the movie past that $150 million projected number. Also, we have learned not to underestimate the power of Disney, especially when coupled with the power of the Force.
Star Wars: Rogue One was directed by Gareth Edwards and tells the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the plans for the Death Star. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker, in addition to featuring Darth Vader, who is once again being voiced by James Earl Jones. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this weekend.