By Sarah Begley
December 14, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is among the most anticipated movies of all time, and it has a good chance of breaking box office records after it debuts on Dec. 18.

The movie is getting a huge release, showing in more than 4,100 theaters this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Estimates predict that it stands to make between $180 million and $220 million domestically in its opening weekend.

It will almost certainly surpass the December record-holder, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which made $85 million in its opening weekend. If it comes in at the high end of its estimate, it will also surpass the all-time North American record-holder, Jurassic World, which made $208.8 million in its opening weekend in the summer.

If J.J. Abrams wants The Force Awakens to surpass the all-time highest-grossing film, he has to set his aims high: Avatar holds the record with $2.8 billion.

[THR]

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