Last year, The Force Awakens became the third-highest grossing movie of all time with a $2.07 billion worldwide gross, with Avatar and Titanic still holding the top spots above it. Rogue One will have its work cut out for it, given the fact that it is the first in a planned series of anthology films in the Star Wars universe – with an untitled Han Solo movie on the way in 2018 – but is still expected to outperform such lucrative 2016 films as Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Speaking to how well Rogue One is expected to perform overall, Disney chairman Bob Iger stated at an investors conference in September:
“Yes, the marketing material that we’ve had out has been extremely well received. We’ve not ever felt [Rogue One] would do the level that Force Awakens did, but we’ve been very, very encouraged that the level of interest in this is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”
Only time will tell how capably the new Star Wars movie will ultimately do when it finally makes its way to theaters later next month – but everything is definitely looking up for the movie, right now. Rogue One should indeed be a brave new chapter in the Star Wars franchise too, no matter how you look at it or what the box office returns ultimately prove to be.