TUESDAY UPDATE with Sunday actuals: Coming off of a record year, Disney hit a pair of major box office milestones this weekend with two of its late-2016 releases. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s rag-tag band of rebels zoomed across the $1B threshold at the global box office on Saturday — and hit the $500M international mark on Sunday — while Moana is riding a $500M+ worldwide wave.
In the case of Rogue One, Saturday was the 39th day of release for the Gareth Edwards-helmed spinoff. Rogue now becomes the lucky 13th Disney film to reach the $1B milestone and the 3rd Star Wars picture ever to do so. It’s also the Mouse’s 4th release of 2016 to hit those heights.
The cume split through Sunday is $512.3M domestic and $500M international for a global total of $1,012.3M. In the standings, Rogue is the No. 1 release of 2016 domestically and the No. 7 of all time. Globally, it’s the No. 4 movie of 2016 (the top three spots are also occupied by Dis titles). In another milestone, Rogue is the 7th movie ever to top $100M worldwide in IMAX with $101.3M to date.
The Felicity Jones-led tale of the heroic group that sacrifices everything to steal plans for the Death Star and set up Episode IV: A New Hope, has had its best performance to date in the UK ($79.4M), followed by China ($61.3M) and Germany ($44.8M).
Meanwhile, animated pic Moana has crossed $500M worldwide with $236.8M domestically and $273.9M internationally for a global cume of $510.7M through Sunday. It’s the 4th consecutive Walt Disney Animation Studios title to reach the milestone, following Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.
The lead market is France with $33.7M, followed by China at $32.7M and the UK with $22.5M. The BAFTA, PGA, and Golden Globe-nominated pic helmed by Ron Clements and John Musker recently became the No. 1 movie of 2016 in France and is overall one of the best-reviewed films of the year. It sailed to Korea last weekend and has Japan on the horizon on March 10 — a similar slot to Frozen‘s record-busting 2014 date.
It’s interesting to note that on both films, China is the No. 2 rather than No. 1 offshore market. That was the case with Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($124M) which fell in line below the UK ($164M) — the franchise hasn’t clicked with local audiences who lack the nostalgia factor inherent in much of the rest of the world. Conversely, Disney Animation Studios’ other 2016 release, Zootopia, was an outsized hit in the Middle Kingdom where the story resonated like rabbits.