Anyone who had hopes to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film do poorly is in for a real disappointment.
On opening day, the new Star Wars anthology film banked $71 million, the third biggest of the year behind Captain America: Civil War ($75 million) and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice ($81 million). With the weekend yet concluded, there’s a lot more room and obviously high expectations for the film to grow.
One of the opinions surrounding the film was that it became a piece for social justice warriors to spread their agenda in popular cinema. Like Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, Rogue One features a strong female lead as the main protagonist. Unlike Ghostbusters, the role of the female leader in Rogue One doesn’t dominate or overshadow other parts of the film, which includes a wide variety of characters to help support her throughout the plot.
Another issue that was taken with Rogue One was the portrayal of Imperials as xenophobic supremacists, a major point thrown out there by screenwriter Chris Weitz back in November. The tweet has since been deleted. Although some might have felt antagonized by this anecdote, the fact of the matter is Chris Weitz never really inserted anything into the lore that has not already been established for going on four decades. Nevertheless, the alt-right took to the Internet in a last ditch effort to derail Rogue One. And why wouldn’t they? Any attempt to take a stand against racism or fascism must be met with some ire by that lunatic bandwagon.
$71 million on opening day. A projected $150 million for opening weekend. 84% on the Tomatometer and a whopping 90% from audience score on RT. Anyone who hoped to see this movie fail, has failed. Let’s be reasonable, no one expected Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to be in the realm of Star Wars Episode VII: Force Awakens, but for it to have surpassed even half of Episode VII’s opening weekend by quite a margin is really something for Disney to gloat about.