How Have Movie Universe Spinoffs Performed Compared To The Originals?

The “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which is set to hit screens on December 16, is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year for Walt Disney Co DIS 0.15%. Last year’s “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” grossed $936.6 million domestically for Disney, making it the second highest-grossing movie of all time.

The Spin-Off Tradition

What can Disney expect from the spinoff? The most recent mega-franchise movie spinoff is the Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The movie grossed $75 million at the domestic box office for Time Warner Inc TWX 0.11% during its opening weekend. For almost any other franchise, a $75 million opening weekend would be considered a huge hit. However, the last Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” grossed a whopping $169.1 million domestically in its opening weekend.

Disney’s Marvel Studios has also had its fair share of spinoffs in recent years as well. The last installment of the original X-Men trilogy, “X-Men: The Last Stand” grossed $234.3 million domestically. Spin-off “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2006 grossed $179.8 million, and “The Wolverine” in 2013 grossed $132.5 million.

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc FOXA 0.18%’s X-Men spinoff “Deadpool” dominated…

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