ByRicky Watson, writer at

There are money making films and then there are great money making films. The great ones, over twenty films, have brought in over a whopping 1 billion dollars at the world wide box office. Presently, there are only two films, Avatar and Titanic, that have grossed over 2 billion dollars with Avatar being king, close to an almost 3 billion dollar world wide box office gross.

Even though Avatar didn't quite make the 3 billion dollar threshold (Avatar's box office gross was $2,788,000,000), there is one film destined to reach that mark this December 18, which will make it the highest grossing film of all time. It will be no surprise if [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) will bring in 3 billion dollars at the box office in a matter of weeks, surpassing Avatar's all time highest grossing title.

With the expectations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' money making capabilities, ten reasons behind those expectations are listed below.


Star Wars ep 7: The Force Awakens releases 12/18/15
Star Wars ep 7: The Force Awakens releases 12/18/15

As long as anyone can remember, ever since this new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, was announced, this has been the most anticipated film in the past thirty years. With the increase of internet websites and social media publicity, The Force Awakens now has become more anticipated than episodes 1-3 of the Star Wars franchise.


Out of the 22 films that have already grossed over 1 billion dollars, 16 were sequels. It is a fact that people like what they are familiar with and they tend to stray away from the unfamiliar. When you buy a certain brand of a product and like it, chances are you will buy the same brand again. People have a tendency of buying tickets of films that they already know.


At least 18 of the highest grossing films of all time are science fiction. People like fantasy because for over two hours they can escape from the reality of the world's everyday worries. For many fans, the Star Wars franchise has been considered the greatest science fiction films of all time. This is why Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be a great candidate for a top grossing film.


Ever since 1977, people have fell in love with the Star Wars franchise. There have been fans of the Star Wars films that have been at every theatrical release since the first one in the 1970's. When The Force Awakens arrives this year in 2015, they will be back at the ticket booth to see yet another Star Wars film.


Since 1977, there has been at least one originally theatrical released Star Wars film in ever decade. And every decade has picked up new Star Wars fans while keeping the old ones. Many of the new fans are the children of the older fans that have been introduced to Star Wars fandom by their parents. Both old and new Star Wars fans will show up to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

Since Return of the Jedi, the only major mainstays in all six of the previous Star Wars films from the beginning in 1977, have been C-3PO and R2-D2. The key engines that drove the original Star Wars trilogy were Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. When the next Star Wars trilogy began with The Phantom Menace in 1999, these characters were nowhere to be seen. Now for the first time since 1983, we will see the three original actors reprise their iconic roles for an appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Long time fans will most definitely stand in line to see Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill portray once again Leia, Solo, and Skywalker for the first time in 32 years.


Considered by many fans to be the best Star Wars film of the franchise was The Empire Strikes Back. What made that film great wasn't necessarily the acting nor the special effects but rather the great story that was in the film. That story came from one of the screenwriters, Lawrence Kasdan, whom went on to script Return of the Jedi. If you're wondering about Kasdan, his masterful storytelling in films didn't fall short of Star Wars. Lawrence Kasdan was also the person who wrote the screenplays for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp, and The Accidental Tourist. And once again, Kasdan returns to Star Wars as the writer of The Force Awakens. One factor that all of the highest grossing films of all time have are great stories written by great writers.


The publicity that comes from the Star Wars franchise doesn't come from the films alone. You can find Star Wars in novels, comic books, toys, video games, cartoons, and memorabilia. The more Star Wars is marketed, the more attention it receives. And the more attention Star Wars receives, the more tickets for its films are sold.


Out of all the films that have grossed over 1 billion dollars worldwide, almost half are films released by Disney. In 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the production company for Star Wars.


The one thing that sets apart Star Wars from all other films is the fandom that the Star Wars franchise has acquired over the years. Star Wars mania is everywhere all over the world. From young to old, the fans of Star Wars have amassed into the millions. Certainly when The Force Awakens this year, no Star Wars fan will be sitting at home waiting for the video release. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is bound to make box office history.


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