Just how successful will Star Wars: The Force Awakens be in its opening weekend? Pretty darn successful it seems according to some analysts.
According to a report from Deadline, Star Wars: The Force Awakens may smash multiple records in its opening weekend. Current predictions are pegging the film to take in $615M globally in its first three days in December. The current record holder is Jurassic World which took in $524.4M globally in its first three days. It went on to set another record by reaching $1B in just 13 days.
The only thing that could feasibly hold back this prediction is that during this time of year China will be a blackout for U.S. films, but even then it is still targeted to be in every other market in the world with $300M targeted for the U.S. box office and $315M for foreign ticket sales. With a rumored budget of $200M, the film would be in profit long before the last ticket is sold on Sunday evening.
No theater count has been announced as of yet for the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but analysts are currently predicting at least 4,000 theaters across the U.S. for a total of at least 10,000 screens. Some predictions are even going so far to say that as many as 10 screens at some 20-plex theaters could be devoted to the seventh film in the series.
Again, these are all predictions and speculation. One has to wonder if the foul taste left in many fans’ mouths after the prequel trilogy will sour them on giving this new film a go in the opening weekend. Has enough time passed for them to be excited again? Or will the complete lack of George Lucas from the creative process give them renewed hope?
Only time will tell, but it sounds like there will be some very full theaters in late December.