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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Makes Box Office History

The continuing might of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making for a very merry Christmas at the North American box office.

According to early returns, Force Awakens could earn $35 million-$40 million from 4,134 theaters on Friday, blasting past the $24.6 million opening of Sherlock Holmes on Dec. 25, 2009 to secure the biggest Christmas Day gross of all time. To boot, overall revenue is also expected to hit a record for Dec. 25, when moviegoing surges in the afternoon.

For the weekend, conservative estimates show Force Awakens earning $120 million, meaning it will finish Sunday with a North American cume of more than $500 million, the second-best showing of the year to date behind Jurassic World ($652.3 million). It would also mark the biggest second weekend in history (Jurassic World is the current record-holder with $106 million).

To see more on the movie's opening night, scroll through the gallery below:

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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)
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J.J. Abrams' movie is hardly the only choice. Four new movies are opening nationwide on Christmas Day -; Daddy's Home,Joy, Concussion and Point Break -; while Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Alejandro G. Inarritu's The Revenant open in select theaters. Hateful Eight debuts exclusively in 70mm film in 100 theaters, while The Revenant opens in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Among the wide players, Daddy's Home and Joy are looking like the biggest winners so far in the face of competition from Force Awakens.

Daddy's Home, the second comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg after The Other Guys, looks to come in No. 2 on Christmas Day with roughly $10 million from 3,271 locations, including $1.2 million in Thursday-night previews. The $50 million comedy, from Paramount and Red Granite, has a strong chance of grossing north of $25 million for the weekend. Daddy's Home was produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods.

Directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joy is likewise also off to a strong start. The Fox dramedy looks to earn $7 million-plus from 2,896 theaters on Friday for a projected $20 million-plus weekend. (Fox is also releasing The Revenant.)

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Joy is among a handful of high-profile awards contenders that have waited until the year-end holidays to open, a crop that includes Hateful Eight and Revenant.

Another is Sony and Village Roadshow's Concussion, starring Will Smith. The NFL drama is off to a muted start, with box-office pundits projecting a $4 million Friday from 2,841 locations and a $10 million-plus weekend. Heading into Christmas, tracking suggested the $35 million movie would open in the high-teens, although Sony was much more conservative in suggesting $8 million-$10 million.

Alcon Entertainment's extreme-sports extravaganza Point Break is out-and-out struggling, considering its $100 million budget. A loose remake of the classic 1991 film, the movie may only earn $3 million from 2,910 theaters on Friday for a $9 million weekend.

Point Break has already opened in China, where it has grossed $40 million to date, and several other smaller Asian markets for a foreign cume so far north of $43 million. Alcon has suffered a string of box-office disappointments, including last year's big-budget flop Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

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McKay and Paramount are on double duty this weekend between Daddy's Home and awards contender The Big Short, directed by McKay and starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Melissa Leo. The financial dramedy has made a strong showing in its limited run before expanding nationwide Wednesday 1,585 locations, a relatively small footprint.

Big Short, costing $28 million, is tracking to open in the $9 million-$10 million range for Paramount, New Regency and Pitt's Plan B after a projected Christmas Day gross of $3 million.

The week between Christmas and New Year's weekend is the most lucrative corridor of the year in terms of moviegoing, and the new films are hoping for strong multiples even with Force Awakens dominating much of the marketplace.

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Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.
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