Star Wars: The Force Awakens could earn a record-shattering $615m in its opening weekend worldwide, according to Deadline. That breaks down to an estimated $300m in the U.S. and $315m internationally, and if accurate it would firmly place it as the largest grossing opening weekend for any movie, outpacing the recent Jurassic World by nearly $100m.
Citing "insiders," the online Hollywood trade suggests the film could show on half of all screens in any given theater, even in larger 20-screen cinemas. Over 4000 theatres in the U.S. are expected to show the film, with over 10,000 screens in total. Deadline expects that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a Force-grip on the #1 box office spot from its opening weekend through the end of January, something not seen since Avatar which held the top spot for 7 weeks.
Although $615m might be the result of a perfect box office storm, there is one bump for Disney in their December rollout -- China has a blackout on Hollywood films being released there in the month of December. China was one of the few countries in which the original Star Wars trilogy never hit theatres, with a belated relase coming just this year. Episodes I-III did show in China however, earning the number 1 spot there for all three of those films.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18.