Already, "The Force Awakens" has taken in more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time after just three weeks in release, behind blockbuster releases "Avatar", "Titanic" and "Jurassic World".
For "The Force Awakens" to be crowned as the world's best performing box office movie—beating James Cameron's "Avatar" which raked in some $2.8 billion—the sci-fi epic has to perform well in China, where—it opens on Saturday.
It's not just how well the latest episode does domestically, but the overseas market can contribute up to two thirds for a big studio film's revenues, BoxOffice Media's managing editor, Daniel Loría, explains.
"The international box office has grown so much over the last five years—and (as) it's been 10 years since the last Star Wars film—Star Wars hasn't had the chance to come out during the time of the overseas box office boom that we're currently having."
"A big studio film can expect to have anywhere between two thirds to around 40 percent of its total global box office coming from the international market.
"China for example is a huge market, that was nowhere near the size it is today back when the last (Star Wars) film was released."