As one of 2016’s most anticipated releases, the latest addition to the famed Star Wars saga lived up to its box office hype this past weekend. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reportedly pulled in the “2nd best December opening weekend ever” behind last year’s The Force Awakens.
According to Variety, Rogue One had drawn $155 million since its theatrical release on Thursday. While massive, the film’s opening weekend pull was dwarfed by the mega-franchise’s previous installment, The Force Awakens, which earned $247.9 million during its opening weekend last year.
So far, Rogue One‘s massive earnings makes it the third best opening of 2016, not far behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) in March and fellow Disney juggernaut Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) in May.
In select theaters on Thursday, Lucasfilm’s latest hit drew $29 million, the largest of the year for preview screenings. By Friday, the film was up to $71 million. On Saturday, it earned $46.25 million, a mere 35% drop from premiere night.
Over the weekend, the blockbuster decimated its only other wide-release competition, the Will Smith Drama Collateral Beauty and its $7 million take.
Going forward, Rogue One is unlikely to lose ground when considering what’s left of 2016’s late-year releases. Specifically, the Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi romance, Passengers and Ubisoft’s Assasin’s Creed with their releases on Wednesday, as well as Ben Affleck’s crime drama Live by Night with its release on Christmas Day.
On a global scale, Rogue One pulled in $290.5 million, which puts it on track for the number one spot by year’s end.
This latest release makes 2016 another banner year for Disney properties, as Rogue One will join Pixar’s Finding Dory and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War at the top of the list of 2016’s most successful films.