“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is months away, but it’s one of the most-anticipated movies of the year.
The biggest question is just how much money “Star Wars: Episode VII” will make when the film debuts worldwide this December.
In a recent note to clients, analysts at Citi predict the worldwide box-office estimate for “Episode VII” at $US1.75 billion.
The return of the original cast members is an added draw, giving older generations a reason to return to a galaxy far, far away along with newer, younger viewers who will discover the franchise for the first time.
Previously, Credit Suisse’s Michael Senno predicted the film may hit $US1.2 billion globally.
Other analysts have pegged it at hitting $US2 billion.
On the high end, Entertainment Weekly predicts “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will go on to be the highest-grossing movie ever with ticket sales of over $US3 billion globally.
The highest-grossing films ever are 2009’s “Avatar” ($US2.7 billion) and 1997’s “Titanic” ($US2.2 billion).
The latest “Star Wars” film, 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” grossed $US848 million worldwide. That film did not see the return of original cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is in theatres December 18, 2015.
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