First “Force Awakens” Box-Office Estimates

The first very early box-office estimates are out for this December’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” release with prognosticators suggesting the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel could be headed for a record-setting $615 million worldwide opening weekend according to Deadline.

That would top the current $524 million global opening of this past summer’s “Jurassic World” which became the fastest film to cross the $1 billion mark after just 13 days. Domestically the opening is rumored to be heading towards anywhere as high as $300 million in the U.S.

‘Force Awakens’ is expected to play in over 4,000 theaters on at least 10,000 U.S. screens stateside and in every overseas territory aside from China which will be in the midst of one of its Hollywood blackout periods in December.

In related news, the film’s official site has posted a lengthy article about the creation of the film’s already iconic soccer ball droid BB-8. There’s also three new photos from the production you can see over at Empire