Alright, prediction time.
Right now according to BoxOfficeMojo, Episode VII is sitting at a gross take of $812.7 million domestic, and $1.7338 billion worldwide after ~4 weeks in theaters. It has already passed Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. domestically, but it needs to earn a little over a billion bucks more in order to pass Avatar’s worldwide gross ($2.788 billion) and be the highest grossing film, period.
First question is will Episode VII pass Avatar’s worldwide gross? I think it will.
Second question is how much, in total, do you think each installment in the new trilogy will end up grossing? We can come back to this thread in a few years and whoever guesses closest wins a cookie!
I think Episode VIII will make a little less than VII (since VII got the novelty factor of being the “first” new Star Wars), but IX will make the most of all since it’s “The End”. My estimates:
Episode VII: $1.2 billion domestic, $3 billion worldwide
Episode VIII: $900 million domestic, $2.4 billion worldwide
Episode IX: $1.4 billion domestic, $3.6 billion worldwide