The following news should come as no surprise, especially if you were among the thousands that were unable to purchase advanced and opening day tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to the various ticket-selling websites having overreached their capacity and crashing as a result of the overwhelming demand.
It's being reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken the Friday box office opening record previously set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with potentially well over $100 million, and some industry trackers are even estimating $125M million-$130 million (Potter netted $91 million back in July 2011) for Friday.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in $57 million from Thursday night preview screenings as well, which will be included in that Friday opening, and broke the previous Thursday record held by Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in 2005 with $50 million.
It's also said Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently on track to bring in as much as $250 million-$260 million for the weekend, which would blow past Jurassic World's $208.8 million and The Avengers' $207.4 million, giving it the best all-time opening weekend ever.
Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is sitting at 95% positive amongs the critics, and 93% positive amongst the fans.
"We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for Star Wars," Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney, said in statement released on Friday, as reported by USA Today.
As noted, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also smashing overseas box office records as The Force Awakens began to rollout in 12 markets on December 16th, with the date marking the biggest box office single day of all time in UK/Ireland, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
More complete box office numbers should be forthcoming throughout the weekend.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.