Everybody expects Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to have a phenomenal opening weekend. Just how much this first standalone Star Wars film will make, however, is anyone’s guess.
Box-office analysts at Exhibitor Relations believe Rogue One could exceed $100 million in its opening weekend. Although a $100 million opening is extremely rare for films released during Christmastime, they believe the positive reviews and media hype will push this film over the edge.
Officially, Walt Disney Studios is projecting an opening between $120 million and $150 million domestically. Some executives even believe Rogue One could beat Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War‘s opening of $179.1 million earlier this summer.
Disney executives were pleased to hear crowds cheering during the world premiere in Los Angeles. They believe this positive first screening will give Rogue One an added boost this holiday season. Rogue One is currently “certified fresh” on RottenTomatoes.com, with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10.
Although analysts expect Rogue One to do well, they don’t believe it will even come close to last year’s Star Wars VIII: The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens broke numerous box-office records last December with a $248 million opening weekend.
Rogue One tells the “back story” of the Death Star, made famous in the 1977 classic Star Wars IV: A New Hope. This new film follows a group of rebel soldiers who attempt to steal plans for the Death Star. This film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, and Donnie Yen.
Rogue One will premiere in 4,100 North American theaters on December 15th before being officially released on the 16th. It cost Disney Studios around $200 million to make Rogue One.