A Star Wars Story: Rogue One has now passed Captain America: Civil War as the 2nd highest grossing film of 2016 according to Variety. RO ended the weekend with $50 million and projected to gain $64 million over the four day weekend. The Star Wars story is only behind Finding Dory ($486.3 million). What’s even more crazy is all three that top the list are Disney movies.
In an article by Deadline:
Disney/Lucasfilms’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story officially has become the No. 2 box office grosser of 2016, only behind another Disney film, the animated Finding Dory which grossed $486M+. Disney now commands the Top Three top films of the year and six of the Top Ten and what is astounding is that Rogue One passed Captain America: Civil War‘s $408M after only 16 days in release. The Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One should end the three-day with $424.9M and the four-day with $439.1M in a year that has broken last year’s box office record with $11.365B to be exact (we don’t round up). So overall, that is up 2.1% from last year.
Rogue One is not projected to surpass Finding Dory, but flew past The Secret Life of Pets, The Jungle Book, and even Deadpool.
Disney has now become the first company to gross $7 billion in a year according to Variety:
Disney has yet to set a new industry record for annual box office revenues. That still belongs to Universal, which racked up $6.89 billion in 2015 thanks to blockbusters such as “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World.” Still, Disney is on track to surpass that mark, given the likely windfall that a new “Star Wars” adventure, Marvel movie, and animated offering will enjoy. Those films should close the $1 billion gap that exists between Disney’s current theatrical revenues and the record established by Universal.