Yesterday Rogue One: A Star Wars Story flew past $700 million worldwide. To get there the movie needed little over two weeks on the big screen.
At the end of Thursday Rogue One stood at $312.5 million internationally and $687.9 million worldwide. Judging by its daily numbers for the last few days I’d say Rogue One is currently sitting somewhere around $740 million. That should be its total cume by the end of today, placing the film anywhere from 10th to 8th on 2016’s top grossing worldwide list. The movie will continue to bring in even more over the next couple of months, eventually making its way to number 1, right now in the hands of another Disney release, Captain America: Civil War with a staggering $1.15 billion.
The UK is Rogue One‘s top international market with $53.1 million (up to Wednesday) and counting (and keep in mind that’s in dollars, exchange rates haven’t been kind to the British pound in the last few months). At its current pace Rogue One is likely to become 2016’s top seller over there, beating The Jungle Book ($66.6 million) and Bridget Jones’s Baby ($61 million). Rogue One is also playing very well in Germany ($28.8 million), France ($25.2 million), Australia ($23.1 million) and Japan (18.9 million).
The prequel opens in China next week, where it’s expected to bring in $60-90 million. When all will be said and done Rogue One will probably have about $600 million internationally and another $550 million in the US. Yes, right now that all adds up exactly to Civil War‘s worldwide total, in other words it’s anyone’s game. Even so I’d still put my money on Rogue One making it to number 1 with as much as $1.2 billion.
Sing is another movie people seem to be enjoying over the holidays, with an early international total of $54.4 million ($178 million worldwide). Right now Germany is Sing‘s top market with $10.1 million, but the animation has yet to open in countries like Italy, France, the UK, Russia or Japan. It obviously won’t come anywhere close to Zootopia ($682.5 million), Finding Dory ($541.5 million) or Illumination’s other 2016 hit, The Secret Life of Pets ($507.1 million), but it should still be one of the year’s top grossing animations internationally with up to $300 million (maybe even more). Worldwide Sing will probably stop around half a billion.
Disney’s Moana is bigger than Sing, but it also opened earlier in most countries. The latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios has $152.4 million internationally and $351.4 million worldwide. It also has fewer markets left to open, some of those being Brazil, South Korea and Japan. All in all I think it will probably finish pretty close to Sing, $300 million or so internationally and $550 million worldwide.
While it’s not bringing in as much these days I have to bring up Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With $528.8 million internationally and $748.8 million worldwide, this is now the 8th highest grossing movie of the year. It will soon drop back to 9th (as Rogue One continues to climb), which will be its final resting place among 2016’s biggest worldwide earners.
As of right now the top grossing movies of 2016 worldwide are:
10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($730-750 million)
9. Suicide Squad ($745.6 million)
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($748.8 million)
7. Deadpool ($783.1 million)
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.3 million)
5. The Secret Life of Pets ($875.5 million)
4. The Jungle Book ($966.6 million)
3. Zootopia ($1.023 billion)
2. Finding Dory ($1.027 billion)
1. Captain America: Civil War ($1.115 billion)