'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Could Top 'Avengers' Record Opening

Although "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" doesn't open for another eight months, it's apparently never too soon to begin predicting that the J.J. Abrams film will have the biggest opening ever. So big that The Avengers' $207.4 million U.S. debut in 2012 will seem like chump change.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, early estimates peg the Disney/Lucasfilm release opening to the tune of $540 million worldwide, surpassing the $483.2 million three-day record set in 2011 by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2."

Analyzing the audience for the second trailer for "The Force Awakens," which debuted Thursday at Star Wars Celebration, Amboee Brand Intelligence places the global opening at between $533.2 million and $539.5 million, which puts the seventh "Star Wars' film on the fast track to $1 billion.

"It's in the same spot as 'Avatar,' which played and played and played," box-office analyst Phil Contrino told THR, referring to the movie's Dec. 18 release date. "'Force Awakens' will hit $1 billion without blinking. If it's really good, it could cross $2 billion."

While $2 billion would undoubtedly please Disney and its investors, it falls a little short of "Avatar's" $2.8 global total.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.

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