The Force Awakens — to the surprise of no one — is a force to be reckoned with at the box office. The latest numbers are in, and the latest Star Wars has set the record for the biggest Friday of all time, raking in an estimated $120.5 million in North America on its opening day. Thursday night previews also broke previous records by hauling in $57 million.
The North American records were both previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, which earned $91 million on its opening day and $43.5 million in Thursday previews back in 2011.
There's been an awakening, all right
As for the entire weekend, analysts are predicting that Episode VII could go on to a truly impressive $250 million. That sum would handily defeat Jurassic World, which set a new record of $208.8 million when it debuted in North America this summer. According to Deadline, if The Force Awakens gets past the quarter million mark, it could surpass the entire domestic earnings of each of the last two Hobbit films, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, which made $258.4 and $255.1 million, respectively. That's big.
No one's talking about it yet, but as for all-time box office numbers, we'll just have to wait and see if the new Star Wars can tally up enough tickets to hold a candle to Avatar's record of $2.8 billion.
If you haven't seen The Force Awakens yet, be sure to read our entirely spoiler-free review. And if you have, here's another take on the movie for you. We can also catch you up on what's happened in the Star Wars universe since The Return of the Jedi.