Steven Spielberg Thinks Star Wars: The Force Awakens Could Be the Biggest Movie of All Time

Monday, 30 November 2015 - 4:30PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, 30 November 2015 - 4:30PM
Steven Spielberg Thinks Star Wars: The Force Awakens Could Be the Biggest Movie of All Time
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out in just a few weeks, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. The film has already broken box office records in presales, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that it will be the biggest film of 2015 (sorry, Jurassic World). But could it topple James Cameron's box office juggernauts, Titanic and Avatar? According to legendary director Steven Spielberg, it's a distinct possibility.

Spielberg has never been directly involved with the series, although he was asked to direct both the Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens. While promoting his new film Bridge of Spies, he told French outlet RTL (via Slashfilm) that his reluctance to direct a Star Wars movie does not speak to his warm and fuzzy feelings about the franchise:
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"I'm a true fan of Star Wars, but I have always felt it was not in my stars to ever direct one. But it was in my stars to admire and attend and see each one numerous times."
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And then he dropped this prediction:

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"I think this new Star Wars could be the biggest movie ever."
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To be fair, everyone and their mother thinks that this could happen. Box office analysts have already predicted that The Force Awakens will have the biggest opening of all time, making $215 million over the course of its opening weekend and beating out the current record: Jurassic World at $208 million. As early as last summer, pundits were predicting that the film could make $2.2 billion at the global box office, which would make it the second highest-grossing movie of all time (after Avatar). At this point, it's safe to assume that it will be the biggest movie of 2015, which will also make it at least the third highest-grossing movie of all time, and there seems to be a good chance it will beat Titanic. It's a little bit more of a stretch to beat Avatar, which came in at almost $2.8 billion, but it will probably entirely depend on how good the movie is. If there's good word-of-mouth, and die-hard fans see it multiple times, then there's definitely a chance Spielberg will be proven right, and it will be the biggest film of all time.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
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