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BO: Star Wars: Episode VII' Takes December 18, 2015—What Can We Expect At The Box Office?


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(You knew this was coming...) ;)

 

Henceforth, let 2015 simply be known as The Year of Disney (if it wasn't already).

 

373 days since last year's blockbuster announcement that Disney would move forward on a new Star Wars movie as part of their $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, we now know *when* the world will see it: Friday, December 18, 2015.

 

The writing was pretty much on the wall when Disney CEO Bob Iger reaffirmed the film wouldn't be pushed to 2016, despite Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's request to do so in the wake of Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan taking over writing duties from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3,Little Miss Sunshine). We knew then that any chance of a Summer 2015 opening was officially gone.

 

When looking at how crowded that year is, and considering the potential of a holiday season run, that's a good thing.

Episode VII will mark the first movie in the franchise to open in a month other than May. It does, however, hold up the series' tradition of opening one week before a major holiday. Whereas George Lucas debuted his six films prior to Memorial Day, the next era of Star Wars has staked its claim for the highly lucrative Christmas moviegoing season.

 

While fan debate can now shift focus to casting rumors before filming begins in early 2014, what can we start expecting in terms of Episode VII's box office potential?

 

Full story: http://www.boxoffice...ecember-18-2015


Edited by ShawnMR, 07 November 2013 - 03:13 PM.

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That was quick! :P I still think people are overestimating this films potential. I can see this at 480 mil.

Hobbit 3 will be lucky to hit $240m


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don't think Alvin or Panda 3 will move



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Oooooo, holiday legs. Its upside just went further up if it's good. And it better be, 'cause now it's gonna start off slower. Abrams better knock this one out of the park.


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don't think Alvin or Panda 3 will move

One of them will move for sure 



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I predict 460-520 million for this. 



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OMG I just realized the 2nd weekend will be on Christmas! That will be HUGE. 



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One of them will move for sure 

 

And Good Dinosaur won't stay in November. Warcraft will obviously move too.


Edited by filmnerdjamie, 07 November 2013 - 03:50 PM.


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And Good Dinosaur won't stay in November. Warcraft will obviously move too.

 

 

Why not? 



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And Good Dinosaur won't stay in November. Warcraft will obviously move too.

Why Good Dinosaur?

Hobbit 3 will be lucky to hit $240m


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OMG I just realized the 2nd weekend will be on Christmas! That will be HUGE. 

Will challenge the record for the biggest 2nd weekend...whether it is 103m or higher


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Don't feel it. Sandwiched between big Bond and Hunger Games sequels. And Pixar still hasn't done the "Two movies a year" thing. Its opening weekend is classic case of Fighting for 2nd place when Pixar always open at #1.



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I don't think it's really worth mentioning the OW record for EP7, unless it gets delayed again to May 2016 at least.

 

It's not going to make 207M or whatever TA2 makes when it's opening in December. 


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Opening Weekend - 158m

 

2nd Weekend - 120m (yeah i went there)

 

580-620 total


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Don't feel it. Sandwiched between big Bond and Hunger Games sequels. And Pixar still hasn't done the "Two movies a year" thing. Its opening weekend is classic case of Fighting for 2nd place when Pixar always open at #1.

 

 

too late. Finding Dory is opening in summer of 2016. Can't seem them delaying it yet another year. Good Dinosaur is fine where it is and Disney will likely do double features or something when Star Wars opens



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Oooooo, holiday legs. Its upside just went further up if it's good. And it better be, 'cause now it's gonna start off slower. Abrams better knock this one out of the park.

 

Even blockbusters with somewhat mixed receptions get good legs through the holidays (just look at THE HOBBIT). Since SW7 is virtually guaranteed a 100m OW (IMO), that makes 400m the floor.


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Only negative about this is that it won't challenge the OW or midnight records. I was kinda hoping for a May 2016 release just to see it challenge those records but I am happy with this date.  Now I just hope the movie is excellent


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Imagine if this got atrocious word of mouth without a big opening.

Hobbit 3 will be lucky to hit $240m


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Imagine if this got atrocious word of mouth without a big opening.

 

You mean like TPM?


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