Later this month, the Star Wars franchise will return...and then it won't relent, year after year, for the foreseeable future.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, one analyst expects the film will generate $2.7 billion in profit globally.
That's based on tracking that indicates the movie will make $1 billion domestically and another $2.5 billion at the international box office...so even with one of the most aggressive and expensive promotional campaigns in cinema history, it's on pace to absolutely shatter a number of big records.
"We see current tracking for a Star Wars: The Force Awakens de-risking downside as making a plausible argument for 35 percent upside potential in Disney earnings per share by fiscal year 2017," wrote FBR & Co. analyst Barton Crockett today. "The main driver is that assumptions for sequel Rogue One in December 2016 are likely to catapult up to mirror Force Awakens, driving a potential $1 billion to $2 billion lift to our and, we believe, Street consensus' (such as they exist) profit assumptions for Rogue One."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015.