Box office: 'Force Awakens' rockets toward 'Avatar's' all-time domestic record

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'Star Wars' Passes 'Titanic' with $687 Million Earned Domestically

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has begun 2016 the same way it closed out 2015: it's making a killing at the box office. The seventh chapter in the space opera nabbed $34 million on Friday, putting its domestic cume on track for close to $750 million by the end of the holiday weekend.

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Unspooling in 4,134 locations, "Force Awakens" should pull in north of $95 million during its third weekend of release. Unsurprisingly, it's far and away the most popular title at multiplexes this holiday, distantly trailed by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's comedy "Daddy's Home" and Quentin Tarantino's latest Western "The Hateful Eight." Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver star in the J.J. Abrams-directed Disney-Lucasfilm adventure.

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Box office: 'Force Awakens' rockets toward 'Avatar's' all-time domestic record
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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"Force Awakens" has already overtaken domestic box office leaders "Titanic" (previously No. 2 with $658.7 million) and "Jurassic World" (formerly No. 3 with $652 million). It's expected to exceed "Avatar's" record of $760.5 million early next week, with some expecting the win as early as Monday.

"Star Wars" fans might have found themselves conflicted by the recent media storm over series creator George Lucas telling Charlie Rose that he sold the series to "white slavers." He quicklybackpedaled, insisting that "Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise," he said. "I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks."

Beyond "Force Awakens," moviegoers are warming to "Daddy's Home," which pulled in $11.5 million on Friday in 3,342 locations. The Paramount comedy should end its second weekend with a three-day total approaching $30 million for a domestic total of up to $94 million.

"The Hateful Eight" is the third-most popular release over the holiday weekend, netting $6.4 million on Friday from 2,474 locations. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in the snowy Weinstein Co. release.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Universal comedy "Sisters" is close behind, totaling close to $5 million on New Year's day and tracking for a weekend haul of more than $12 million. The R-rated pic, which follows two grown-up sisters throwing one last raging party at their childhood home, is playing in 2,978 locations.

Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" is holding on in fifth place, generating a Friday total over $4 million in 3,474 locations. The animated sequel should wrap up the weekend with a three-day total close to $12 million.


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