Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is breaking records at the box office.
The first major Star Wars spinoff film raked in $155 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend in the United States. It generated $290.5 million in its initial global release, which did not include South Korea and China.
The strong showing places Rogue One as the second-highest-grossing December opening ever in the US, behind its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Rogue One‘s release also marks the third-highest-grossing opening weekend of 2016, and the twelfth-highest-grossing opening weekend ever.
Critical reception remains strong—Rogue One currently has an 84% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review aggregator.
The promising box office results bode well for Disney. The company’s release of Rogue One marks a test of sorts for the Star Wars franchise. It’s the first film in the series to feature few familiar characters in starring roles, and it has only a tenuous connection to the plotlines of the original trilogy and its subsequent follow-ups. Audience reception for Rogue One will determine whether another spinoff film will be made, in addition to next year’s Episode VIII. Ticket sales from this weekend suggest more will be in the pipeline.