The latest chapter in the "Star Wars" series will be opened tonight, when "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" has its premiere in Los Angeles. And before the first tub of popcorn is sold, the movie looks set to blast all box-office records.
The latest episode has already surpassed $50 million in advance ticket sales, a full month before it hits cinemas, and analysts expect "The Force Awakens" to outpace the record breaking opening weekend for "Jurassic World", which debuted with $208.8 million in the U.S.
Forecasts for its opening weekend are ranging from $170 million to $240 million domestically, with some believing the film could beat Avatar's record of $2.8 billion for worldwide grosses, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I think anything around the $200 million range will sort of match the potential. We are actually thinking around $223 million ourselves for the opening weekend (for Star Wars)," BoxOffice Media's managing editor, Daniel Loría, told CNBC Monday.
"But let's not confuse potential with expectation. I think it has the potential to become the biggest opening weekend of all time but let's not put that expectation on it. I think the film can be successful without breaking every record."