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

by Desiree Murphy 1:14 PM PST, December 19, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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!"

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"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!