Remember during the events of A New Hope, when Luke Skywalker described the scope of the reward for rescuing Princess Leia? He leaned down to Han Solo and called it, “More wealth than you can imagine.” Not to be outdone, Han responded that he could imagine “Quite a bit.” The Corellian smuggler may have had a lofty imagination, but it’s doubtful that he could fathom the hype for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

A new report from Deadline indicates that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently poised to absolutely dominate the box office when it debuts next week.

The Force Awakens had the added benefit of being the first Star Wars film to hit theaters in a decade, and it also brought back an army of fan-favorite characters.

It’s the first spin-off film to debut using Disney’s new method of annual releases, and the fact that it pretty much relies entirely on brand new characters arguably makes its estimated gross even more impressive.

The success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will undoubtedly have far reaching implications for the franchise as a whole.

It will definitively prove that the Star Wars saga can survive without relying on familiar characters like Luke Skywalker, and likely embolden Disney and Lucasfilm to delve deeper into the greater Star Wars lore to pluck out other stories from the mythos.

With annual Star Wars releases an increasingly likely possibility, we can pretty much count on the studio to bring us more obscure stories that consistently focus on new characters, tones, and styles.

The standalone Star Wars movie will blast its way into theaters on December 16.

Check out the final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the next page to get yourself even more pumped for the upcoming standalone Star Wars movie – if that’s even possible…..

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story