‘Rogue One’ Joins Elite $1 Billion Club

By January 23, 2017
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Rogue One has joined an elite group of Hollywood films that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

The Star Wars anthology film crossed that threshold over the weekend despite earning just $7 million on the domestic charts and finishing out of the top five. Yet its international intrigue is topping what’s happening in North America, where it’s less than $1 million away from reaching the half-billion-dollar mark.

The International market has been led by the United Kingdom with $77.5 million at last count, according to The Numbers. China is right behind with $59.4 million, while Australia has generated $34.3 million in receipts.

Rogue One is now ranked ninth among international box office films for 2016, but is sure to pass The Secret Life of Pets for the No. 8 slot this coming week. To slip into the top five, it will have to add another $50 million to its box office take, something that might be very difficult to do this late in the game.

In terms of worldwide box office, Rogue One is now ranked fourth, but is just a few million dollars off Finding Dory and Zootopia, and could be sitting in the No. 2 slot as early as this week. If it wants to challenge Captain America: Civil War, however, it will have to find a way to scrounge up another $140 million.

Even if it doesn’t have the worldwide crown, Rogue One is the top-grossing film in North America for 2016, working its way past Finding Dory last week.

Only 28 films have ever reached the $1 billion mark (when not considering inflation), beginning with 1993’s Jurassic Park, according to The Numbers. Rogue One is now ranked No. 27 all-time, moving past 2008’s The Dark Knight.

By comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is No. 3 all-time with $2.06 billion. The top two films are from Terminator creator James Cameron – Titanic at No. 2 with $2.2 billion, and Avatar at No. 1 with $2.8 billion.

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.