'Rogue One' soars to second-best December debut with $155M

Aron Challinger with the Darth Vader helmet from the original Star Wars film

Earlier this month, supporters of Donald Trump attempted to organize a boycottof the new Star Wars flick, Rogue One, because of its allegedly liberal message and its writers' anti-fascist views.

Key releases include Rogue One, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cars 3 and several other films across its Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm studio labels.

If you're among the millions of people who saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this weekend, there's a good chance that you caught something rather peculiar. The only movie that ranks above it: last year's "Star Wars" movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Jyn isn't defined by what she does, but instead just the opposite: she doesn't get to name the team - and therefore the movie - because that falls to Bodhi (Riz Ahmed); she doesn't get to save her father, because of the actions of the Rebel X-Wing pilots, nor avenge her mother's death, because that falls to Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), inexplicably.

The problem is, there's little development given to any of these characters, especially Jyn-the film has no idea who she is or what she's supposed to represent.

"Rogue One" rang up $290.5 million worldwide, Disney said in a statement.

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At this press conference, he welcomed an investigation by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Trump ally Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.

"Although DIS sentiment has been pressured on ESPN and near term comp concerns, with the FY17E bar now lower (and the National Basketball Association [contract] step-up/ Star Wars comp overhangs almost behind), we believe DIS offers an increasingly solid catalyst pipeline for upside potential in FY17/FY18E", the firm noted.

Some conservatives also took issue with the team behind the movie and the political comments surrounding Star Wars.

Rogue One was directed by Gareth Edwards, who's best known for the indie horror film Monsters and the 2014 blockbuster version of Godzilla. The director revealed there was cheering from the world premiere in LA, at least, and said that it was the "only time during the premiere where I actually punched the air".

There are going to be Star Wars movies every December for the foreseeable future, and chances are there's going to eventually be a dud. Given its place in the Star Wars timeline, it was expected that Rogue One would be rocking surprise callback cameos from 1977's A New Hope.

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