Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blew past the competition with an as-expected monster weekend at the box office. However, the truly surprising news at theaters this weekend was just how poorly Will Smith‘s latest movie, Collateral Beauty did at the box office. It was not only a complete disaster, but it was the worst opening of his career.
Opening on the exact same weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a year ago, Rogue One debuted with $155 million from 4,157 locations, according to Comscore data. It’s already the 15th highest grossing release of 2016 and is only the second movie ever to earn over $100 million in its opening weekend in December. That other movie was The Force Awakens, which opened to a record $247.9 million.
It’s going to be really fascinating to see how Rogue One does throughout the rest of the year and into January. As BoxOfficeMojo notes, the film did receive an A Cinemascore grade from audiences. The Force Awakens had the kind of staying power that few movies have, eventually racking up $2.06 billion worldwide.
Internationally, Rogue One kicked off with $135.5 million markets outside North America. That gives it an international debut of $290.5 million.
Rogue One is already starting far behind that because the excitement isn’t the same. While The Force Awakens at least got to have some famous faces on posters like Harrison Ford, the cast of Rogue One isn’t nearly as well-known, so the main selling point was the Star Wars brand. Plus, The Force Awakens was the first live-action Star Wars movie in a decade. Rogue One is just the first new Star Wars movie in 12 months.
On the opposite side of the box office spectrum is Collateral Beauty. The film made just $7 million in its opening weekend, beating last year’s Concussion for the title of “Worst Opening Weekend for a Movie Starring Will Smith.” The film was hit hard by critics, but audiences gave it an A- Cinemascore grade. Still, considering that theaters are about to gt packed with other adult dramas – including those that have earned great reviews and are competing for Oscars – expect Collateral Beauty to disappear quickly.
The Box Office Top 10 (December 16-18)
|Title (Studio)||This Weekend||Total|
|1||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney)||$155 million||$155 million|
|2||Moana (Disney)||$11.66 million||$161.85 million|
|3||Office Christmas Party (Paramount)||$8.45 million||$31.52 million|
|4||Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros.)||$7 million||$7 million|
|5||Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.)||$5.03 million||$207.68 million|
|6||Manchester By The Sea (Roadside Attractions)||$4.15 million||$14.02 million|
|7||La La Land (Lionstage)||$4.02 million||$5.26 million|
|8||Arrival (Paramount)||$2.77 million||$86.46 million|
|9||Doctor Strange (Disney)||$2.04 million||$226.08 million|
|10||Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features)||$1.39 million||$8.81 million|
Gareth Edwards, a student of Star Wars, jammed Rogue One with as many Easter Eggs as possible for the die-hard fan.Click here to read more