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Disney's 'Rogue One' Blasts Off Toward Top of Box Office, Reignites 'Star Wars' Empire of Assets

Disney's (DIS) Star Wars spinoff movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story clearly seems headed to a galaxy (almost) far far away.

The film, the first of a planned series of Disney-made standalone movies separate from the core narrative of George Lucas' iconic intergalactic battle series, has collected $318.2 million in domestic ticket sales, according to Disney, after only two weeks in movie theaters.

That puts it on a path toward $550 million in eventual domestic box office, figures analyst Tony Wible, director of media and entertainment at Drexel Hamilton, who has a hold on the stock and a price target of $102 a share.

Disney shares Tuesday afternoon were up 20 cents to $105.35.

At $550 million, Wible said, Rogue One would power toward the same orbit as The Dark Knight, the Batman film from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. studio that led the box office chart in 2008 with $533 million in sales.

Rogue One also would become the top-selling film of 2016, a spot occupied by Disney's animated Finding Dory, with ticket sales of $486 million, according to the tabulation kept by Box Office Mojo.

Rogue One, which also has generated more than $255 million in international sales, opens on Jan. 6 in China, the world's second-largest market, according to Disney.

China accounted for $124 million of the $2.1 billion in ticket sales for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to Box Office Mojo. That film generated $936.7 million in U.S. ticket sales. Disney collects about half the U.S. ticket sales and a lesser amount in some foreign countries.

Rogue One's high-flying performance comes after a...


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