It’s been a year since Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the worldwide box office, but now it’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s turn to do the same.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars spin-off is currently tracking for a massive opening weekend of more than $130 million at the North American box office. It’s still pretty early, meaning that this figure could go up even higher as we get closer and closer to the release of the upcoming movie, but this number would still give Rogue One the second biggest December opening of all-time after The Force Awakens, which opened to a record-breaking $248 million domestically.
Disney has already set quite a few box office records this year thanks to Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Finding Dory and a few other big releases, but Rogue One should push the studio past $7 billion in global ticket sales, which would mark a new industry record (Universal is the current record holder with $6.89 billion in 2015).
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th.