Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems to have been a very worthwhile exercise. It is currently getting plaudits from critics and audiences alike and is doing quite well at the box-office too.
On that last note, the film has passed an important goal, the half billion. As of Boxing Day, the film has now made $523.8 million across the globe (via Entertainment Weekly).
It will be quite interesting to see where the film ends up lying and see the difference between it and the Force Awakens. Seeing how these side projects fair next to the mainline series will at the very least be illuminating.