If these figures turn out to be accurate, Rogue One will become the second-best opening day’s eve that the month of December has ever seen, as one of just seven movies to gross that amount on a preview night. This amount will likely double to around $60 million after tonight’s showings, whilst the weekend should allow the film to rake in over $140 million. All signs are pointing towards Rogue One becoming a major success, with Fandango ranking the movie as its No. 2 advance ticket seller of all time following Force Awakens.
For fans of the Star Wars universe, these numbers should come as great news. Not only do they showcase the appeal that standalone movies from the franchise have alongside the episodic releases, but they could encourage those at Disney and Lucasfilm to add even more films to their slate of upcoming releases in the distant future.
Of course, when a new movie is released as part of the Star Wars franchise there are always going to be huge expectations. There may be people out there deeming the $30 million opening night a “disappointment” simply because it didn’t match up to Force Awakens’ record-shattering numbers – but they should perhaps hold out to see the figures Star Wars: Episode VIII pulls in next year before passing too much judgment.