Unless ‘Rogue One’ is the highest-grossing film of the year, it’ll be a disappointment

Like the characters in its newest blockbuster, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Walt Disney Co. is faced with an ominous obstacle.

While Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso and her rebel comrades take on the Empire to steal design plans for the Death Star, Disney DIS, -0.46% is bringing its first “Star Wars” film sans the Skywalker family glue that’s held the franchise together. And, it being a “Star Wars” flick, expectations are grand.

“Any film with the word ‘Star Wars’ in the title is an instant contender to become the highest grossing film of the year,” wrote analysts at Box Office.

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