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‘Rogue One’ Dominates Foreign Box Office With $135.5 Million Debut

Variety logo Variety 12/18/2016 Brent Lang
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It wasn’t even a contest. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” dominated the global box office, opening to $135.5 million overseas, and capturing first place in all of the markets in which it played.

That ranks as the fourth-highest December international opening in history, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avatar,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The spinoff film racked up a hefty $290.5 million worldwide, which did fall short of “The Force Awaken’s” otherworldly debut. That “Star Wars” adventure set a new global record, kicking off to $529 million.

But “Rogue One” is something of a different beast. It is the first standalone adventure, and, unlike “The Force Awakens,” didn’t have any actors from the original series. That film brought back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in key roles.

“Rogue One” follows a band of rebels as they try to uncover a flaw in the design of a deadly new weapon. It opened in nearly every major market, with the exceptions of South Korea and China. Disney backed the $200 million production, which stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn.

In second place, “The Great Wall” picked up $67.4 million after opening in China. The film cost $150 million to produce and is backed by Legendary, Universal, China Film Group, and Le Vision Pictures. It is the most expensive co-production ever and stars Matt Damon as a soldier battling an army of monsters.

Paramount’s “Office Christmas Party” nabbed third place, earning $34.8 million from 51 territories to bring its global haul to $84.2 million.

Disney’s “Moana” and Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” rounded out the top five, earning $15.5 million and $14.5 million, respectively. The animated adventure has now made $280.2 million globally, while the Harry Potter spinoff has racked up $717.5 million.

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