‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Blows Up at the Box Office With $155 Million Debut

The box office has gone galactic once again.

Following Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ historic $248 million opening a year ago, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story obliterated the competition with a $155 million debut, according to studio estimates from comScore. The haul makes it the second-best December start in history.

Rogue One, the first standalone Star Wars film spinning off from the main saga, stars Felicity Jones and follows a scrappy Rebel Alliance unit stealing the plans for the Empire’s Death Star — leading up to the events of George Lucas’ original 1977 movie. In addition to being part of a high-profile franchise, Rogue got a boost from critical support (84% positive reviews at aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes) and played well with audiences (who gave it an A grade at CinemaScore).

Disney also had the No. 2 movie, with another strong outing for animated adventure Moana, which earned $11.7 million in its fourth week ($161.9 million to date). The T.J. Miller holiday comedy Office Christmas Party was third with $8.5 million.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brian Truitt