Earning less than half of The Force Awakens’ opening figure.
By Alex Osborn
Despite opening at the top of the box office in China this week, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s debut was comparatively far lower than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney’s new Star Wars film earned $9.7 million during its Friday opening in China, and a total of $10.4 million when factoring in Thursday night screenings, according to data from Ent Group, Variety reports.
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This is significantly weaker than Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ impressive debut in China last year, as the J.J. Abrams-directed film earned $27.8 million during its Saturday debut in January 2016. It’s worth noting, however, that this was before the Chinese box office took a dive in May of last year.
According to ticketing firm Weiying Technology, Rogue One sales made up 60 percent of China’s theatrical market share on Friday, with all movies cumulatively earning a mere $15.9 million in the nation.