Next weekend, Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season, with many fans and box office prognosticators wondering if the sequel can surpass Marvel's The Avengers opening weekend record of $207.4 million. While we'll have to wait another week to see if that happens or not, even if Avengers: Age of Ultron does break the opening weekend record, it may not have it for very long. Especially if what analysts are predicting about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is true.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that insiders are predicting Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not only break the opening weekend domestic record, but the all-time global mark as well. The highly-anticipated sequel is expected to take in more than $540 million worldwide, which would easily eclipse the previous record of $483.2 million set by 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
The second trailer, which was unveiled at Star Wars last week, garnered a vastly higher digital response than trailers for Furious 7, which became the fastest movie to break $1 billion, doing so in just 19 days, and Fifty Shades of Grey. Based on this data, Amobee Brand Intelligence is predicting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will earn between $533.2 million to $539.5 million globally over its first three days in release. The movie doesn't open for eight more months, but the buzz swirling around this project will only get bigger in the months to follow.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to receive the widest release in box office history, opening in more than 4,500 theaters, surpassing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's theater count of 4,468. What's more, Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't have too much competition at the box office. Sisters starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey is the only other movie to open in wide release against the new Star Wars adventure. Do you think Star Wars: The Force Awakens will break $540 million worldwide in its first three days in release? Could it go even higher than that? Let us know what you think below.