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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Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. Read More