Following comments by Disney chairman Alan Horn to temper expectations, the first tracking figures have arrived for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with these earlier opening weekend box-office predictions pegging the film at scoring somewhere between $185-210 million says Deadline.
Disney sources are being more cautious and putting the amount somewhere around $170 million, unfortunately projections for openings above $100 million are decidedly hard to peg down due to such a small sample size. The biggest December opening weekend to date was 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” with $84.6 million.
The announcements come as J.J. Abrams revealed last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that the first word spoken in the movie is “this”. The same episode also included a comedic skit with Harrison Ford and Chewbacca settle a long-running feud which you can see below.
Finally, a new still of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameon is online at Empire along with a bunch of different covers for the magazine which you can see in the gallery: