“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” blasted into theaters Thursday night and flew straight to the top of the box office with $155 million in ticket sales.
It’s the second biggest December opening for any film, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which debuted to $247.9 million last year at this time.
“Rogue One” scored the best Thursday night preview of the year. Set before the events of the original 1977 “Star Wars,” it opened at No. 1 in all markets globally, except for China and Korea, where it has yet to premiere.
The film knocked three-week box-office champ “Moana” to a distant second place with $12.7 million, followed by “Office Christmas Party” with $8.6 million. The weekend’s other new wide release, the Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty,” debuted in fourth place with $7.1 million.