Rogue One makes 290 million dollars at the box office worldwide

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"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million, final industry data showed Monday.

With the box office behemoth that is Star Wars scaring off any other releases this weekend, "Moana" takes the No. 2 spot, bringing in an estimated $11.6 million in its fourth week out.

While "Star Wars: the Force Awakens" opened in December of previous year, $736.6 million of its $2 billion global total came in after the start of 2016. The film is set shortly before the events of the original 1977 film and tells the story of Rebel Alliance fighters trying to steal plans for the Empire's feared Death Star. Disney bosses had cautioned not to expect spin-off Rogue One to emulate the huge success of that film, which grossed more than $2bn globally when its takings across 2015 and 2016 are totalled. Executives noted that the film is the first "Star Wars" movie to exist outside of the main Skywalker clan storyline.

Utahns love Star Wars, especially "Rogue One", the latest Star Wars film to hit theaters.

Warning: spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead.

Japan is the only major Asian country where the movie has hit the theaters. However, the film still bagged some serious box office dollars, even without Perri's endorsement or a fan-pleasing opening crawl. After all, there is still "Episode 8" that will be released next year. Of course people are going to be highly critical of the film, because it's Star Wars and all, but all things considered it was certainly the best blockbuster of the year.

The year 2016 has also been magnificent for the company's movie business. There's Finding Dory, in the animated wing; there's Captain America: Civil War, a Marvel smash; then there's The Jungle Book, the wildly successful C.G.I./live-action reboot of Disney's 1967 animated adaptation. The company's primary cash cow, ESPN, has been under vast pressure as the pay-TV landscape continues to change owing to migration of subscribers to online TV.