"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" doesn't arrive in theaters for nearly six months, but already one box analyst is predicting it could become the third-highest grossing film ever, behind only "Avatar" and "Titanic."
According to Deadline, Benjamin Swinburne of Morgan Stanley puts "The Force Awakens" on a course to earn $1.95 billion worldwide, with $650 million of that generated by domestic release, and $1.3 billion from overseas sales.
That would place the J.J. Abrams film in the spot now occupied by "Furious 7," which just slipped past Marvel's "The Avengers," with $1.52 billion in global sales.
Swinburne raised his box office forecast for "The Force Awakens" nearly 22 percent, "mostly due to his growing optimism about overseas sales," the website reports.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18.