'Star Wars' obliterates single-day box office record with $120 million

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Does 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Live Up To The Hype?

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" skyrocketed to more than $120 million at the North American box office on Friday. The biggest single-day haul in Hollywood history is a spectacular launch, and puts Disney's much-anticipated sequel to the iconic sci-fi series on an earnings trajectory unlike any movie before it.

The first "Star Wars" movie in more than a decade is on course to obliterate the opening weekend record of $208.8 million set by "Jurassic World" in June. It could manage the feat as early Saturday night and conservative projections had it at $225 million for the three days.

Director J.J. Abrams' space epic surpassed the $91 million of former single-day record-holder "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" within hours on Friday, and was boosted by the record $57 million boost it made at Thursday previews. A final first-day figure will come later Saturday morning from Disney.

See photos from opening night:

23 PHOTOS
Opening night of Star Wars The Force Awakens
See Gallery
'Star Wars' obliterates single-day box office record with $120 million
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans attend the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Star Wars fans attend the Star Wars-themed wedding of Australian fans Caroline Ritter, 34, and Andrew Porters, 29, (not in photo), in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre, December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: A fan stands in line to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' outside of AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Fans line up to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' outside of AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans go through security during the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17: A Darth Vader cosplayer from The Twin Suns Star Wars Club serves popcorn to fans on opening night of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Brenden Theatres inside Palms Casino Resort on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans attend the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans attend the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans attend the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17: Imperial stormtrooper cosplayers and a Darth Vader cosplayer from The Twin Suns Star Wars Club pose for a photo with Andy Dacome (3rd L) on opening night of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Brenden Theatres inside Palms Casino Resort on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans attend the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Fans line up to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' outside of AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on December 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Members of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus gather in front of a bar in the French Quarter, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in New Orleans. The group, a Mardi Gras parade club, is celebrating the premiere of the latest "Star Wars" movie with costumes, a brass band and a parade through the French Quarter. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Emilia Lindgren kisses R2-D2 during the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: Fans seen during the opening night of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: A Storm Trooper at the 'Star Wars' Wedding of fans Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter hekd in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese IMax Theatre on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a stormtrooper attend the Star Wars-themed wedding of Australian 'Star Wars' fans Caroline Ritter, 34, and Andrew Porters, 29, (not in photo) in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre, December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 17: 'Star Wars' Fans Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter get married in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax on December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Australian Star Wars fans, Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter get married at the forecourt of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The couple stood alongside a wedding party of âStar Warsâ characters, including Chewbacca, top left, and Darth Vader, top right. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Star Wars fans attend the Star Wars-themed wedding of Australian fans Caroline Ritter, 34, and Andrew Porters, 29, (not in photo), in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre, December 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play with Star Wars character R2-D2 wearing a bow tie for the wedding of Australian Star Wars fans who got married at the forecourt of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The couple stood alongside a wedding party of âStar Warsâ characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a stormtrooper. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Australian Star Wars fans, Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter get married by officiator Obi-Shawn Crosby, top left, at the forecourt of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The couple stood alongside a wedding party of âStar Warsâ characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, a stormtrooper and R2-D2. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Friday's gross was so big that "The Force Awakens" has already broken the record for a December three-day opening, set by "The Hobbit" in 2012 with $88 million.

What before Friday seemed inconceivable — that "The Force Awakens" could top the three-day weekend record in two days — seems very possible now with director J.J. Abrams' space epic on a box-office trajectory unlike any movie before it .

"The Force Awakens" was orbiting in uncharted territory — no film had ever taken in $100 million in one day — for the studio and box office analysts. But to put its out-sized achievement in perspective, if it comes in just above the Saturday ($69.6 million) and Sunday ($57.2 million) records set by "Jurassic World" this summer, "The Force Awakens" will approach $250 million for the weekend.

But should it beat those marks by a significant margin it could soar within striking distance of $266 million — the record haul for the top 12 films combined over an entire weekend set when "Jurassic World" opened.

The "A" CinemaScore grade awarded "The Force Awakens" from first-night audiences was all but a given, as millions of fans across the U.S. and Canada jammed multiplexes and lit up Twitter and Facebook with instant reviews as glowing as that of the critic. That should boost Saturday's business.

Nostalgic fans of the original films, the first of which came out in 1977, were pretty much a lock to like the film and they did. However, "The Force Awakens" drew an "A+" grade from women — a group Disney marketers specifically targeted — and from audience members under 18 and under 25 years of age.

The opening weekend records for international ($316.1 million) and worldwide ($524.9 million) set by the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World" were also headed for extinction. "The Force Awakens" by Friday had rolled out in every market in the world except China, where it will open on January 9.

"The Force Awakens" stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in the key roles as Rey and Finn along with original "Star Wars" stars Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as General Leia. "The Force Awakens" is set 30 years after the events of 1983's "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."

The production budget on "The Force Awakens." from Abrams' Bad Robot and Lucasfilm, was $200 million. Bryan Burk and Kathleen Kennedy produced along with Abrams, who shared screenwriting duties with Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan. John Williams composed the score.

There were two surprising developments Friday.

One was that despite "The Force Awakens" dominating and leading them by more than $100 million on Friday, the two other wide openers were doing pretty well. Both Universal's Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy "Sisters" and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" should finish the weekend in the $15 million range.

The second was that despite the throngs swarming multiplexes to catch "The Force Awakens," Disney said again that there was no shortage of tickets, as theaters added extra shows and screens, and many operated on 24-hour schedules.

Read original story 'Star Wars' Obliterates Single-Day Box Office Record With $120 Million At TheWrap

RELATED: 7 actors you didn't know were in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

7 Actors You Didn't Know Were In Star Wars
More on AOL.com
Netflix releases first 'Fuller House' teaser, announces premiere date
The 10 highest-grossing movies of all time — there's one movie that beats 'Star Wars'
'Star Wars' fan's dream job: Crafting realistic lightsabers

Read Full Story

People are Reading