‘Rogue One’ Becomes 3rd Biggest Release of 2016

“Star Wars” prequel has grossed $375.2 million domestically since its release on Dec. 16

Last Updated: December 30, 2016 @ 9:58 AM

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” grossed another $16.6 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic total up to $375 million and making it the No. 3 biggest release of 2016 in North America.

After just two weeks in theaters, “Rogue One” passed “Deadpool,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Secret Life of Pets” to become the third biggest domestic release of the year. “Deadpool,” a February release, earned $363 million, while “The Jungle Book,” which opened in April, grossed $364 million. “Secret Life” earned $368 million.

The top two spots of the year go to “Finding Dory” and “Captain America: Civil War.” Pixar’s sequel to “Finding Nemo” has grossed $486.3 million domestically since its debut in June, while “Civil War” earned $408 million since May. It is unlikely that “Rogue One” will catch up to “Civil War” in the last two days of the year.

“Rogue One” opened to a whopping $155 million domestically with stellar reviews. The prequel, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Riz Ahmed, holds a score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”), stars Jones as rebellion leader Jyn Erso. It takes place between the prequel and original trilogies and depicts Erso’s efforts to steal the plans for the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire, which has terrorized children everywhere since the first “Star Wars” in 1977.

Last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had grossed $742 million domestically by its third week. In total, the film has grossed $2 billion worldwide.