'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shatters Opening Day Records With $120.5 Million Box Office

By
Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd
J.J. Abrams' take on George Lucas' franchise has already made history at the box office.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment of the sci-fi series, hit record-breaking numbers in its opening day, grossing $120.5 million in North America.
The film's Thursday night previews alone made a gross $57 million, a single-day record that was previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which came in at $43.5 million.
The flick has also scored $250 million globally since it opened internationally on Wednesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the reboot is projected to gross $180 million to $220 million domestically through Sunday, playing in 4,134 theaters in North America, marking it the widest December release of all time. If the space epic sells more than $208.8 million in tickets, it will break the record for the biggest domestic debut weekend. That title is currently held by Jurassic World, which only hit theaters this past June.
With the new Star Wars soaring through the box office, Sisters and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip -- which also opened in theaters on Friday -- are definitely feeling the Force of their biggest competitor. Sisters, starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, grossed a mere $4.9 million, with Alvin following close behind with $4.1 million.
Earlier this week, Poehler made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she discussed her thoughts on having her comedy open opposite this year's most highly-anticipated film.
"I don't care," she said bluntly. "I don't care about Star Wars and I never f***ing did!"
"I'm sorry, I'm tired of pretending," she continued. "I'm tired of pretending, I don't care about it."
If you are a fan of the film, unlike Poehler, watch the video below to hear six fun facts you may not have known about the movie. Don't worry -- there are no spoilers here!