Force Awakens shatters Thursday box office record

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken the first of what is likely to be several box office records this weekend.

With $57 million from Thursday night screenings, Force Awakens easily crushed the $43.5 million haul from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2 back in July 2011. 

Potter fans won’t be the only one to see their franchise choking on Awakens’ wake. Jurassic World earned a record opening weekend of $208.8 million in June, but it doesn’t appear that its record will survive the weekend.

At this point, just how much Force Awakens appears to be the most intriguing question. Reaching anywhere from $210 million to $215 million certainly seems possible.

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