Alright, let’s get right into it. It’s not
a question of whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens will top the box office; it’s simply, how much will it make? Here’s our prediction:
With over $100 million in advance ticket sales already, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the biggest film of the year, and the most anticipated one of the decade. While some may choose to wait out the lines and fandom over opening weekend, there are going to be far more people coming out to see Episode VII. The film should have no trouble besting Jurassic World’s record-setting $208.8 million from this past summer, and it should do so with a strong number. Look for a first place debut with an astonishing $235 million.
If you’re wondering if the film actually lives up to the anticipation and hype, allow me to tell you right now that it does, and more so. This is the film we wanted the prequels to be. The story is compelling, the action exciting, and the performances from all involved are simply outstanding. Daisy Ridley as Rey is a revelation, and her performance is nearly equaled by John Boyega as Finn. These two have an undeniable chemistry and work onscreen magic together. But really, every one is excellent, including Adam Driver as villain Kylo Ren, Oscar Issac as Poe Dameron, and the returning Harrison Ford as Han Solo. J.J. Abrams did an outstanding film, quite possibly the best in the series, if not a close second after The Empire Strikes Back.
As for the rest of the top five, two new movies are looking for an audience and will likely have to settle for those not willing to line-up for The Force Awakens. Look for Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Trip to get young families in and debut in second place with $12 million, while the R-rated comedy Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will debut in third place with $11 million. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be in fourth with $7 million, while The Good Dinosaur will close things out in fifth place with $5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $235 million
2) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip – $12 million
3) Sisters – $11 million
4) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – $7 million
5) The Good a Dinosaur – $5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!