STAR WARS Awakens To Thursday Night Record

The Star Wars franchise has awoken to the first of what are likely to be several box office records to come.

Final estimates show that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened to $57 million on Thursday evening, setting a U.S. record for Thursday night. It easily tops the previous Thursday night record of $43.5 million set over four years ago by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in July 2011.

Of course this is just the first post-opening record for the 7th Star Wars installment. It’s already set a new mark by racking up more than $100 million dollars in advance ticket sales domestically. Analysts – and theaters – are bracing for a $200 million-plus weekend haul, with hopes (and growing expectations) that it’ll pass the current opening weekend take set this past June by Jurassic World, when that reboot exceeded tracking estimates by $80 million to open to $208.4 million over its first three days.

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