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Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World is currently sitting proud at the top of the 2015 global box office charts, but perhaps it shouldn't get too comfortable just yet.

Although Jurassic World was able to beat out competitors like Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it still has one gargantuan opponent to overcome right at the end of the year, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Many box office prospectors are suggesting Episode VII will win out the year at the final hurdle, with some even going on to suggest it could become the highest grossing movie of all time. Disney, however, is keeping its cards close to its chest and is claiming it has not made any official estimate, despite the huge enthusiasm surrounding the project. During the company's quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Robert Iger started out with optimism, stating:

"On the Star Wars front, we know there is just incredible interest in this film. We put two teaser trailers out, and the response has just been enormous. Anything that moves gets a lot of attention, and the anticipation is obviously huge. We’ve seen some examples already of Star Wars product going on the marketplace on the consumer products front, including in markets like China, that are very, very encouraging."

However, he also tempered that enthusiasm with a small reality check, continuing:

"That said, as enthusiastic as we are for what we know of the film, we have not seen a Star Wars film — an original one — since 2005. And there are markets around the world that are less familiar with Star Wars than, say, the United States, for instance. While the [Star Wars] enthusiasm is, I think, rather apparent, we just want to be careful that the world doesn’t get ahead of us too much in terms of the estimates, and we’ve seen them as well. We’re making, at this point, no estimates whatsoever in terms of what we believe the film will do."

Watch the new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer below:

Of course, Disney almost certainly has made estimates of what Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will do, since these calculations are usually central to the budgeting of a movie. As you'd expect, it's probably a good idea to keep these things private, as getting them all wrong would cause some embarrassment. Basically, Iger has decided to follow Han Solo's advise and refuses to get cocky.

Top 10 International Box Office (Not Adjusted For Inflation)

  • 1. Avatar- $2.788 billion
  • 2. Titanic - $2.186.8 billion
  • 3. Jurassic World - $1.560.8 billion
  • 4. The Avengers - $1.519.6 billion
  • 5. Furious 7 - $1.511.7 billion
  • 6. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1.398.4 billion
  • 7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - $1.341.5 billion
  • 8. Frozen - $1.274.2 billion
  • 9. Iron Man 3 - $1.215.4 billion
  • 10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $1.123.8 billion
The Force Awakens could make $650 million domestically, and an additional $1.3 billion globally, creating a grand total just shy of $2 billion. However, Morgan Stanley has also questioned whether they were too conservative with this estimate, and has since released additional figures of $750 million domestically and $1.5 billion internationally, giving us a haul of $2.25 billion. This would place Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens ahead of Titanic, but still $500 million short of James Cameron's box office king, Avatar.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.

Source: EntertainmentWeekly


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