"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is set to make more than $100 million in its first full day in theaters, setting the franchise film on pace for grossing more than $200 million through Sunday, Disney announced Friday.
The new estimate trumps the $57 million originally reported in Thursday evening previews and may set a new industry record, topping the previous $91.1 million high set by "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows II" in July 2011, Walt Disney Co. said. The all-time weekend record is currently $208.8 million, posted by "Jurassic World" last June, Disney said.
The evening previews figure already topped a previous industry record of $43.5 million, Disney said. The new report brings "Star Wars'" worldwide total to $157 million.
After months of secrecy and anticipation, the movie is thrilling fans and theater owners alike.
The most anticipated film in the galaxy opened globally Thursday, setting international and pre-sale box-office records and delighting moviegoers who've had opening-night tickets in hand for months.
Kelly Andrews, who wears her love of "Star Wars" on her skin in the form of Yoda and R2-D2 tattoos, bought tickets in October for the first showing at Hollywood's classic TCL Chinese Theatre, where the original "Star Wars" premiered in 1977.