Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Release Dates Announced For China

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Disney has set a Jan. 6, 2017 release date in China for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” according to a Disney representative in the country.

The movie, which stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, opens Dec. 16 in the U.S. The plot centers on a group of unlikely heroes who band together to steal the plans to the Death Star — the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

The cast of Gareth Edwards’ film includes two Chinese stars, Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang, who both feature prominently in the movie’s local poster.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in China on Jan. 9, 2016, and racked up a record-breaking $53 million over its opening weekend. The final gross in the territory was $125 million. The movie grossed $2.1 billion globally.

China is the world’s second-biggest box-office territory, and continues to grow at speed. Theatrical admissions exceeded that of North America for the first time in the first half of this year, increasing by almost 30% to 722.9 million, according to media analyst firm IHS Technology.

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