‘Rogue One’ Flies to Third-Biggest Opening of 2016

Walt Disney scored another weekend box office victory with the debut of the latest in the Star Wars franchise, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which zoomed to the year’s third-biggest opening.

The film, which is the first stand-alone story in the franchise, earned $155 million in the domestic box office and $135.5 million in the foreign market, according to Box Office Mojo. That’s adding to the banner year for Disney, which ruled the movie scene for the prior three weeks with its animated feature “Moana” and has released blockbusters this year including “Finding Dory” and “The Jungle Book” to give it the best performance among studios in 2016.

Earning an 84% rating on critics’ site Rotten Tomatoes, “Rogue One” pushed “Moana” into second place and also came in ahead of Viacom’s (VIA, VIAB) Paramount Pictures film, “Office Christmas Party.” Since their releases, “Moana” has earned $162 million and “Office Christmas Party” brought in $31.5 million.

“Rogue One” was behind last year’s Star Wars release though, as “The Force Awakens” opened in wide release on Dec. 18, 2015 with a whopping $248 million. The two films have posted the best openings in the month of December, Box Office Mojo data showed.