Despite the quality of the product, 2016 remains a record-breaking year for the movie business, and nobody is rolling in dough more than the Walt Disney Company. Their last big hit of the year was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which, being a Star Wars movie, was always expected to make a lot of money, but no one knew precisely just how much money it would make. We still don’t, but we have a pretty good idea. More than that, we know where Rogue One stands currently at the medal podium for the 2016 box office winners, and here’s a hint: Captain America: Civil War just got bumped down to bronze.
According to box office projections, Rogue One is expected to surpass Civil War as the second biggest money-maker of the year at the domestic box office when the unofficial box office results are announced on Monday. According to Box Office Mojo, Rogue One was going into the weekend with over $393.5 million, but projections from New Year’s weekend are expected to put the Star Wars movie’s total haul just short of $409, which is nearly a million dollars more than the final take of Civil War. On the bright side for Marvel, the third Captain America movie remains the top earner for the year at the worldwide box office with $1.15 billion in total ticket sales.
Only one movie stands in Rogue One’s way for total domination of the 2016 box office, and it’s about a talking fish. Finding Dory officially made $486.2 million this past summer in theatres everywhere, and it seems rather likely that Rogue One will be able to surpass Dory to finish on or around $500 million. That’s just over half as much as The Force Awakens made this time last year, but it’s still got to be a very satisfying amount of money for the bean counters at Disney, and it’s got to bode very well for the future of any further potential Star Wars spin-off movies.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still in theatres everywhere.