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Felicity Jones poses for photographers upon arrival at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fan screening in London, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

'Rogue One' smashed first-night sales records for the 2016 U.S. box office


The new "Star Wars" spin-off scored the biggest Thursday preview of the year, when it opened in cinemas across America on Thursday night.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" raked in $29 million at the U.S. box office as fans raced to be among the first to see the new film.

The preview receipts topple those of fellow 2016 blockbusters "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Captain America: Civil War," which both made over $25 million on their debuts.

"Rogue One," which features Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna, is expected to haul in as much as $150 million at the U.S. box office this weekend - the second biggest December weekend behind last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

(World Entertainment News Network contributed to this report)

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