Star Wars Helps Disney End 2016 With $3B Domestic Haul. Rogue One Reaches $800 Million Worldwide!
2016 may have been a rough year for the majority of us, but Disney shareholders got off pretty good considering that they’re set to end the year with a little more than $3,000,000,000 worth of ticket sales from the United States alone, with over $4,000,000,000 in additional revenue coming from international territories. Make the jump for more updates on the film’s incredible run at the box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, Disney ended 2016 with $3,000.8M in ticket sales between 16 movies – 3 holdovers from 2015 and 13 new films. Of these movies, the domestic take of the two Star Wars movies (The Force Awakens and Rogue One) accounted for $692.8M in revenue, making the brand slightly more valuable to Disney than the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which made a staggering $637.9M). The $3B+ haul gave Disney 26.4% of 2016’s entire box office market share, with the nearest competing studio (Warner Brothers) having a haul of $1.9B and 16.7% of the market share.
Rogue One is still expected to pull in an additional $100M-$200M in the United States before its run at the box office comes to an end, with the most realistic estimates being on the lower side of that range due to an increase of competing wide releases in the next few weeks and the holiday season coming to an end (and since more people have to return to school or work, turnout will naturally be lower). Given that $100M extra would mean that the movie’s domestic box office run would end above The Dark Knight and take the #6 spot at of all-time highest-domestic-grossers, even a low-end estimate would still be nothing to sneeze at. On another note, Rogue One‘s Sunday-to-Monday hold this week is substantially better than the corresponding one that The Force Awakens had at the same time last year, suggesting that the movie will prove to have slightly stronger legs at the box office in terms of the daily percentage shifts – at least for the time being.
At an international level, Rogue One has made about $361M overseas over the course of the holiday weekend, boosted in part by the film’s opening in South Korea. The film will also be released in China a few days from now, and it’s expected to do better in the Middle Kingdom than The Force Awakens (a $125M run) due to the presence of local superstars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. Also worth noting is that Rogue One beat Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them at the box office of the United Kingdom and Ireland to be the highest-grossing movie of 2016 in those territories, making over £50.7M in 2016 compared to the approximate £45.9M take of the Harry Potter spin-off. As of today, Forbes has put Rogue One‘s overall performance at a little over $800M, meaning that the $1B mark ought to be passed in the next two or three weeks. How quickly or slowly the movie passes the next few financial milestones will depend almost entirely on how well it does in China – but in any case, don’t be surprised if the movie crosses the $900M mark by the end of this weekend.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.