The reviews are up, and fans across the globe have collectively started to hyperventilate, tremble and salivate with excitement. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been almost universally applauded, and one man who'll be feeling particularly relieved is director-man himself, JJ Abrams.
Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg, the man who helped Abrams land the gig, offered an insight into everything that must have been going through Abrams’ mind over the last few days. "Oh, JJ is terrified," he told 60 Minutes. "There's a lot of pressure on JJ to start paying Disney back for, you know, the franchise they bought from George Lucas." That deal, by the way, cost Disney $4 billion.
That got us at Gizmodo UK thinking about numbers. Specifically, how much The Force Awakens would have to rake in at the box office to be deemed a success. We've thrown the figures from years gone by into an inflation calculator and have chosen to ignore the money Disney's made from merchandising, as it's insane and indeterminable. Take a look at the table below.
Nobody expects Abrams' creation to prove anything but a smash hit, but the figures generated by preceding titles in the series are absolutely stonking. A New Hope, in particular, will take some beating. Somehow, however, I don't think Disney's got anything to be worried about.