We know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be a big movie. We’ve pretty much known it for the last three years, since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that there would be new Star Wars films coming. But as the release of the film is down to just days away, a clear picture of just how successful the film will be is emerging. And it is record breaking.
According to a recent study of tracking data in the Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to pull in over $1 billion at the box office with an additional $2.5 billion in overseas revenue for a total of $3.5 billion. To put that in perspective, the current box office champion, 2009’s Avatar, made nearly $2.8 billion at the world wide box office.
Additionally, The Force Awakens is being forecasted to make somewhere between $185 and $200 million its opening weekend, falling just a bit short of Jurassic World‘s $208.8 million opening weekend this past summer.
Furthermore, this raises box office expectations for next year’s spin off Rogue One, the first Star Wars film that will be take place outside of the franchise’s main storyline.
Needless to say, that even after theaters take their cut of the box office, Disney is well on its way to paying off that $4.4 billion price that they paid for Lucasfilm. And it also looks like it is probably going to be a very good time to be a Disney stockholder.