December belongs to Star Wars, for the foreseeable future at least, as the month has become a goldmine for the newly revived franchise. The eighth Star Wars film, and first spin-off film, Rogue One, opened with $155 million in North America this weekend, and an additional $135 million from overseas markets, giving it a three-day global opening of $290 million!
This makes it the second biggest December opener of all-time, behind last year's The Force Awakens, and the third best opening of 2016 behind Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Sequels. The film did robust business in IMAX theaters, scoring over $19 million in ticket sales for the format, along with another $17.9 million from other so-called Premium Large Format theaters like Cinemark's XD and Regal's RPX. Having seen the film in IMAX 3D, I must admit that I wasn't blown away by the use of the technology, and neither were theater-goers, only 38% of whom saw the film in 3D.
Any way you slice it, this is another monster hit for Lucasfilm, though it certainly won't reach Force Awakens levels—if only because the film likely won't have as much repeat business due to being substantially darker than JJ's reboot. It's also a substantially better film, though, and that makes it more victorious in my mind.
Via Box Office Mojo