The movie's opening performance is a key victory for Lucasfilm and Disney as they look to expand the Star Wars franchise beyond the core episodic films.
This is not a drill; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released in theaters. A leading 27% of poll respondents say "Rogue One" will receive three Oscar nominations, just a couple shy of "The Force Awakens", but still more than any other "Star Wars" film has received since "The Phantom Menace" picked up a trio of bids in 1999.
It should be noted that the movie is considerably darker and more violent when compared to the Star Wars movies and some predict that this could hurt the box office take slightly due to parents not taking their kids to see the it. Granted, there were options, namely following the adventures of the Rogue One crew during the original trilogy, something that could only be done with at least a few surviving members.
Rogue One, which took an estimated £16.8m at the United Kingdom box office, is yet to open in China and South Korea.
Considering how quickly Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the second highest grossing film of all time, expectations are high for Rogue One, the first spin-off from the main saga series.
Still if Rogue One continues to earn, even at a much slower rate than The Force Awakens, Disney will likely wind of with 6 out of 10 of the top box office earners of 2016.
Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'. Technically a prequel to Episode IV - A New Hope, Rogue One already has a sequel, so, unless Disney wanted to make another prequel to a prequel, the odds of another Rogue Onefilm were always slim.
In addition, I felt they stole a base in taking Jyn from a cynical criminal who's pissed that the Alliance tried to assassinate her father to a heroic rebel leader. However, with his ties to both the Jedi and to the Rebellion, he's more important than people might realize, and we'll soon get to see what he was up to in the years before the Death Star was completed.
Fourth was the Warner Bros. film Collateral Beauty, which notched up just $7 million in its opening weekend, way short of its $36 million budget. Rogue One delivers an imaginative atmosphere and excitement, not to mention a flood of nostalgia. There are lots of little Easter eggs in this film for lifelong fans, nearly too many.
Astronaut John Glenn during the Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight becoming the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962. Glenn was credited with reviving United States pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration.
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Bosenko said Keith Papini may have compromised the investigation by talking to the media about the details of his wife's injuries. The second captor was described as being older, with thick eyebrows and straight black hair with some gray.
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US President Barack Obama spoke out on World AIDS Day and called on everyone to rededicate themselves in the fight against AIDS . The vaccine is being tested in partnership with Sumagen Canada, the Canadian branch of a Korean pharmaceutical venture company.
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Attempts continue to recover the fourth body, according to the representative of the OIJ investigative agency, Guillermo Fonseca. At about the same time the storm hit, a powerful quake shook Nicaragua and El Salvador, briefly triggering a tsunami alert.
Mnuchin said the changes in the tax codes would be the largest changes since those under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He did not specify what these would be but did say the "absolute level" of upper-class taxes would not go down.
If this rumor is true, we are looking at the first Windows smartphone capable of running PC-based x86 apps. The Surface Phone could potentially have a stylus pen and a keyboard cover like the Surface Pro tablet.
If there's ever another game that the Crimson Tide hold the ball for 40 minutes or more, it is probably a safe bet they will win. But the Tide defense is more than an adamantine wall for offenses to try and penetrate: It is also a safety net for its offense.
Florence Henderson 'Brady Bunch' alum dies at 82
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Pokemon Sun and Moon: How to Get to Seaward Cave
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Clinton now leads Trump with over 2m votes
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