'Star Wars' Box Office: $57 Million Down, $1.5 Billion to Go

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm 2015

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke another box office record, collecting $57 million in its Thursday night debut in the United States, according to estimates.

That easily topped the previous domestic Thursday-night opening best of $43.5 million for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in July 2011.

The J.J. Abrams-directed “Force Awakens” began showing at 7 p.m. in America (it opened earlier overseas) and many theaters kept up the screenings all night to accommodate hordes fans who lined up or bought tickets in advance online.

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The seventh film in the iconic series created by George Lucas broke another record this week by selling more than $100 million in advance tickets as of Tuesday.

The movie, with newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac joining Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill from the original trilogy in the 1970s and early ’80s, is expected to gross some $1.5 billion worldwide.

The only question is whether it’ll have the biggest opening weekend in the U.S. ever to upend “Jurassic World” with $208.4 million in June.

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