According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One standalone film is being projected to exceed $130 million in ticket sales during it’s debut weekend here in the United States next month.
The Force remains with Lucasfilm and Disney, according to early projections.
Standalone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story— one of the biggest box-office curiosities of the year — is tracking to open to $130 million-plus in North America over the Dec. 16-18 weekend, which would mark the second-biggest December opening of all time after last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The pre-Christmas corridor isn’t known for huge openings, since consumers are distracted by holiday preparations. Prior to Force Awakens, no December film had ever launched north of $85 million, and that includes Avatar.