Force Awakens"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is already proving to be an unstoppable Death Star at the box office.

The movie raked in $57 million at Thursday night's previews, shattering the previous record of $43.5 million held by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2." The box office total was helped by the fact that "Force Awakens" screenings began at 7 p.m., while the final "Harry Potter" previews started at midnight.

The Thursday night figures will be added to today's opening day numbers, and it's very likely that "The Force Awakens" will earn another notch in its box office belt — the top opening day record, also previously held by "Harry Potter." Analysts believe the new "Star Wars" film will wind up with $110 million total for its opening day, and it's probable that it will surpass "Jurassic Park" for the biggest opening weekend ever.

"The Force Awakens" was one of the most anticipated movies of the last decade, and its positive critical ratings only boosted audience interest.

The force really is strong with this one.

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